Animal associations

A provocative exhibit to expose the violent history of animal experimentation, including at Texas Biomed

For immediate release:
April 12, 2022

Contact:
Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

San Antonio – As part of a nationwide tour, PETA is erecting a major exhibit titled “Without consentwhich explores the troubled history of non-consenting animal experiments and challenges institutions, including the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and the affiliated Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC), to rethink this idea of ​​exploitative, expensive science. , cruel and archaic. Exhibited at Alamo Plaza for five days, 24 panels will contain concise descriptions and photographs of nearly 200 animal experiments conducted in American institutions from the 1920s to the present. An interactive virtual exhibition is also available here.

When: Wednesday, April 13, 12 p.m.

Or: 242 Alamo Plaza (at the intersection with E. Crockett Street), San Antonio

At Wednesday’s launch, three PETA supporters wearing monkey masks will cage themselves to protest the suffering of monkeys at the country’s seven National Primate Research Centers, including the SNPRC, in which monkeys at the Inside cages barely larger than their bodies twirl around, pull their fur, and bite each other in frustration.

“‘Without Consent’ tells the true stories of animals injured and killed in experiments to which they did not and could not consent,” said PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “Man is only one animal species among many others, and having the power to exploit others does not give us the right to do so.”

Each of the 110 million animals killed each year in American laboratories is an individual who experiences pain and fear, but they are burned, chemical-fed, sick and deprived of their babies. In a study published last year, Texas Biomed experimenters infected monkeys with the highly deadly Ebola hemorrhagic virus, causing them to experience bloody stools and bloody vomiting, blood in the uterus and brain, and lesions. of several organs. Several of the monkeys died of the disease and the others continued to suffer until they were finally killed. In an earlier Texas Biomed experiment, Ebola-infected monkeys developed liver damage, respiratory distress, and internal bleeding in their digestive tracts, lungs, and other organs. These monkeys were also killed. In a study published earlier this year, Texas Biomed experimenters repeatedly infected monkeys with a viral disease, causing them to develop pneumonia, inflammation of their brains and blood vessels, and respiratory problems, before kill them and remove their brains, lungs and other organs. . In 2020, Texas Biomed experimenters infected monkeys with a viral disease through the eyes, throat and nose, resulting in lung inflammation and pneumonia. The experimenters inserted feeding tubes down the monkeys’ throats, forcing them to ingest liquid and preventing normal breathing, before killing them.

Because 95% of all new drugs tested safe and effective in animal testing fail or cause harm in human clinical trials, PETA appeals to the National Institutes of Health, which gave Texas Biomed more than $22 million in public funds in 2021—phasing out the use of animals in experiments and adopting the group’s Research Modernization Agreement.

“Without Consent” uses a historical perspective to point out that from medieval times, experiments were carried out on vulnerable humans, including orphans in tuberculosis and psychological experiments, immigrant women in gynecological surgeries, soldiers in LSD and poison gas tests, and impoverished black men. in syphilis experiments. The exhibit illustrates that just as society now understands that these experiments were wrong, we must let this moral awakening guide our conduct today and extend consideration to other non-consenting beings who suffer and die in experiments – mother-to-mother floor cleaning product testing- infant separation studies.

PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment with” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebookor instagram.