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.
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?
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.
Regulatory Testing Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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