For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2022
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Allentown, Pa. – Please see the following statement from Katherine Groff, MS, Senior Research Associate at PETA, concerning a just-released citation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) against Lampire Biological Laboratories in Pennsylvania, which provides more evidence of neglect and bleak conditions at an antibody-production facility:
We don’t need animals to produce antibodies. Numerous companies make animal-free antibodies, and PETA scientists have funded research to produce ones that are scientifically superior to those from animals and can replace them. So it’s especially egregious and shameful a donkey was struck by a car and killed after escaping from Lampire Biological Laboratories, along with six other donkeys, in the middle of the night last month. This follows a 2020 USDA citation against the company for draining too much blood from a goat, leading to “distress” and the goat’s euthanasia. It’s time that we stop using animals for their antibodies when there are better options for human health. For more information, click here.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.