I’m a scientist, and I want to end animal tests

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This is a macaque—likely the same breed of monkey I saw strapped to a laboratory chair as a young student:

Monkey used for
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I was just 13 years old when I first saw an animal suffering at the hands of an experimenter.

During a school field trip to a nearby laboratory, a worker wheeled out a monkey strapped to a chair. The clicking noise of a button was used to prompt this abused animal to jut out his arm for a drug injection—a response that he had been conditioned to make through pain and fear.

That trembling, frightened primate has been seared into my memory ever since.

Today, I’m a scientist, and I’m sad to say that since that day 24 years ago, I’ve seen many more animals tormented in crude—and often deadly—experiments. But I’ve also seen tremendous progress toward the creation and adoption of new, non-animal testing methods—thanks to the help of caring supporters like you.

That’s why I’m writing to you today to ask that you give to PETA’s Animals Out (of the Labs) Challenge. I know that your support will make a difference to our work to end animal testing—and if you donate by the October 31 deadline, your gift will have twice the impact and bring us closer to our $500,000 online goal.

Make a donation to PETA right now and it will be DOUBLED to help end testing on animals.

I became a researcher in PETA’s Regulatory Testing Department in order to dedicate my career to stopping the horrors that I’ve seen in laboratories. My colleagues and I work with government agencies, companies, and university researchers to expand the use of effective, non-animal testing methods—and promote the development of new ones—efforts that are having a big impact on both science and animals.

International government officials are working side-by-side with us to review new, non-animal tests and to halt duplicative experiments that can kill thousands of animals for data that already exist. In response to feedback from PETA members, major corporations are changing their ways in order to meet the demand of customers who don’t want products cruelly tested on animals. Prompted by groups like the PETA International Science Consortium Ltd., scientists are making breakthrough discoveries as they create new testing methods that are both cruelty-free and more effective than archaic animal tests.

But we can’t take this progress for granted. We must keep pushing for change for as long as it takes. Will you stand with us and all the dogs, monkeys, mice, cats, and other animals who need us?

Give right now and your gift will be MATCHED, up to our $500,000 goal. It doesn’t take millions of dollars to make a difference for animals—every little bit has a tremendous impact.

Slowly but surely, we’re moving toward a future in which no monkey is injected with drugs by experimenters … no dog is poisoned with pesticides … no mouse is burned and killed in crude, duplicative experiments … and modern, non-animal tests mean that no animal is abused or killed in a laboratory.

Thank you for your compassion and for all that you do for animals.


Jeff Brown
Biologics Specialist
Regulatory Testing Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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