People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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COVID-19 Prompts PETA Call for Marquette University to Shut Down Animal Labs

Experimenters Told to Stop Breeding Animals as Part of COVID-19 Response Plan

By - Apr 25th, 2020 12:18 pm

Milwaukee — Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Marquette University has instructed its experimenters to identify “[i]rreplaceable animals,” stop or reduce “[b]reeding,” and cease “[a]ll ordering of new animals,” which will likely lead to the killing of hundreds or more animals.

PETA fired off a letter this week to the university’s president, Michael R. Lovell, demanding to know why the school conducts noncritical animal experiments. The group is also asking the public to e-mail the university via this action alert to urge it to be transparent regarding how many animals it deems nonessential and euthanizes in response to COVID-19 and to stop all current and new animal experiments.

“Marquette University’s use of intelligent and sensitive animals in experiments as though they were nothing more than disposable laboratory equipment is shameful,” says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “The COVID-19 pandemic should be a moral and scientific reckoning for the school, which conducts deadly experiments on animals it keeps inside small steel cages. If it can’t prove that the experiments are essential—and its response to the pandemic indicates that they’re not—it must not be permitted to continue squandering taxpayer money on them once the pandemic is over.”

Numerous published studies have shown that animal experimentation wastes resources and lives, as more than 90% of highly promising results from basic scientific research—much of it involving animal experimentation—fail to lead to treatments for humans. (Please read under “Lack of benefit for humans” here.) And 95% of new medications that are found to be effective in animals fail in human clinical trials.

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 or click here.

PETA’s letter to the university is available here.

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