5 Ways PETA Is Helping Animals in Laboratories This Week

  1. The European Citizens’ Initiative to protect cruelty-free cosmetics is off to a powerful start, thanks to backing from PETA and personal-care giants Dove and The Body Shop!
  2. School is back in session, and we’re doing our homework: PETA is revealing horrifying animal welfare violations at Vanderbilt University, the University of Maryland–Baltimore, and Virginia Tech—which was also issued a warning by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—and demanding change.
  3. As a result of PETA’s complaint to the USDA, Emory University and the affiliated Yerkes National Primate Research Center are under investigation for animal welfare violations. Documents reveal that a surgical sponge remained in a monkey’s body for four months after staff subjected her to a C-section surgery, that experimenters used the same kidney biopsy needle on two animals without properly sterilizing it between uses, and more.
  4. We’re condemning disturbing intersections in the experimentation industry, after the University of Washington hired the notorious Michele Basso—who’s among a select few university experimenters ever to have been suspended for serious welfare violations—as the new director of its primate center.
  5. PETA pulled no punches when we dispatched a mobile billboard in bustling Amherst, Massachusetts, exposing the crude and painful experiments on marmosets at the University of Massachusetts.