PETA Urges Pharmaceutical Companies and Others to Reconsider Ties to New York State Laboratory and Animal Dealer
For Immediate Release:
June 21, 2017
David Perle 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – In letters sent this morning, PETA called on Whippany-based Bayer and Kenilworth-based Merck to reconsider paying for experiments on animals to be conducted at Liberty Research, Inc., and on Parsippany-based Zoetis to reconsider buying animals from the company. The request follows a PETA eyewitness investigation at the Barton, New York, contract laboratory and animal dealer that resulted in video footage and photographs of dogs and cats who were denied adequate veterinary care, killed in slow and stressful ways, and not separated from other distressed animals, who injured them.
In recent experiments at Liberty Research—which tests veterinary products on dogs and cats—animals were injected with drugs and exposed to viruses and then killed or used for additional tests. A worker drilled into the skulls of 30 dogs—some of whom hadn’t been adequately anesthetized and whimpered during the process—and injected distemper virus into their brains. An insecticide and massive doses of an opioid were also injected into dogs, even though well-established animal-free testing methods exist for these substances.
“These dogs and cats are just like the ones who share our homes, and Liberty Research should be shut down for treating them like pieces of disposable laboratory equipment,” says PETA Research Associate Dr. Emily Trunnell. “PETA is calling on Bayer, Merck, Zoetis, and Liberty Research’s other customers to review our evidence and decide whether they will continue to fund this hellhole.”
In the laboratory, cats were kept in severely crowded, barren conditions in windowless buildings. A cat named Jade, who was briefly paralyzed by seizures, was left without treatment for nearly four weeks before a worker finally gave him a fatal injection in his heart—while he was still sensitive to pain. It took other workers more than seven minutes and four injections to kill a fully conscious, gasping, bloodied dog.
In addition to Bayer, Merck, and Zoetis, Liberty Research’s recent customers include Merial and other veterinary zoological companies, along with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and schools such as Michigan State University and the universities of Pittsburgh, Florida, and Louisville.
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