5 Ways PETA Is Helping Animals in Laboratories This Week

  1. Popular heavy metal band and Eurovision winner Lordi—known for elaborate creature costumes—teamed up with PETA U.K. to denounce monstrous animal tests and support the European citizens’ initiative to protect cruelty-free cosmetics.
  2. PETA’s expert primatologist Lisa Jones-Engel gave a terrific interview to Australia’s Health Professional Radio, breaking down why federally funded primate prisons (like the U.S.’ national primate research centers) must be shut down.
  3. We rushed a letter to the heads of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, detailing the public health threat we had uncovered by poring over documents from monkey-breeding hellholes and secretive laboratories: These facilities are hotbeds for “assassin bugs,” whose bite transmits a parasite causing Chagas disease, which can threaten humans and dogs. We’re urging these government officials to take action against the monkey-testing industry.
  4. PETA supporters in monkey masks crashed a celebration of the University of Massachusetts–Amherst’s University Without Walls program, pointing out why the school should tear down the walls of its marmoset laboratory and be transparent about the way it torments these tiny, vulnerable primates.
  5. PETA Asia is taking Tokyo-based MSG manufacturer Ajinomoto to task for killing animals, failing consumers, and lagging behind its competitors—circling the company’s headquarters with a mobile billboard demanding that it end cruel animal tests for marketing claims.