Protesters to Decry Charles River as ‘Hell for Animals’

PETA Will Challenge Laboratory-for-Hire and Massive Breeder of Animals During 'World Week for Animals in Laboratories'

For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2019

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Wilmington, Mass. – Armed with signs that proclaim, “Charles River Is Hell for Animals” and “Stop Animal Testing,” a group of PETA supporters will gather outside Charles River Laboratories on Thursday, during World Week for Animals in Laboratories. The Boston-based laboratory-for-hire performs poisoning tests on monkeys, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other animals and is also the world’s largest breeder of animals for use in experiments.

When:    Thursday, April 25, 12 noon

Where:    Charles River Laboratories, 251 Ballardvale St., Wilmington, Massachusetts

“Charles River supplies one of every two animals used in experiments, so it has a hand in fully half of all the pain, misery, fear, and distress endured by animals in laboratories around the world,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “This World Week for Animals in Laboratories, PETA is calling for an end to cruel and unreliable tests on animals.”

PETA notes that Charles River Laboratories intentionally poisons animals by force-feeding them test compounds, smears caustic experimental chemicals onto their bare skin, and forces them to inhale toxic substances in painful and deadly experiments. The company’s history of animal-welfare violations includes failure to provide animals with veterinary care, failure to provide suffering animals with pain relief, and shoddy surgical methods.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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