COVID-19: Ending Animal Experiments Protects Animals, Staff, and Patients !

University of Toronto’s COVID-19 Plan Prompts PETA Anger
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Toronto has announced that only “critical COVID-19 related research and time-sensitive critical projects” will continue—and one experimenter has said that “due to lab closures and #COVID-19, I have to cull around 100+ rats.”PETA fired off a letter today to the university’s president, Meric Gertler, demanding to know why the school conducts noncritical animal experiments.

The University of Toronto needs to stop all current and new animal experiments, ban the breeding and purchase of animals, and switch to superior human-relevant research methods. The school also needs to tell taxpayers how many animals it deemed extraneous and killed in response to COVID-19.

“The University of Toronto’s use of intelligent 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. If the university can’t prove that the animals used in its experiments are needed—which we know it can’t—it shouldn’t be wasting taxpayer money on them.”

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.  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.

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