Deep inside the laboratories of the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), thousands of animals—including mice, monkeys, dogs, cats, rats, and rabbits—are cut open, mutilated, and killed for a wide variety of useless and inhumane experiments.
Monkey Gandalf’s hand was bitten down to the tendons by a frustrated monkey caged next to him, and workers reportedly gave him only ibuprofen to ease his pain. He lived in misery in his cage until he was finally euthanized after employees performed an experimental surgery on him.
Experimenters cut into rabbit Jack’s knees and surgically placed a wire inside them so that they could contort his legs into an unnatural position. The purpose? To cause intentional trauma to his knee joints. He lived in agony in a barren cage. The nails of other rabbits used in this experiment were torn off because of the unsafe cage floors.
Mice and rats in the labs were found drowned in their cages, were suffocated in a plastic bag, and were even starved.
Pitt students want the world to know that they’re not OK with this cruelty on their campus. This week, the campus newspaper, The Pitt News, tweeted about the horrific experiments via PETA.
Sponsored by @PETA -An exposé of Pitt's labs found monkeys driven insane & mice drowned & suffocated. Animal abuse doesn't belong on campus!
— The Pitt News (@ThePittNews) May 15, 2017
Many students and other Twitter users expressed their outrage with what the school is doing. Many of them proclaimed that experimenting on animals is wrong and that they want Pitt to stop the unnecessary abuse.
There is no reason whatsoever to experiment on these animals. It's complete cruelty and needless.
— Louise Proulx (@Louisepru) May 15, 2017
— Kearney (@Kearney_WR) May 15, 2017
Thank you for exposing this cruelty! Animals are not ours to experiment on, especially when there are better, humane options.
— StacyD (@SuperStace) May 15, 2017
These experiments are not only cruel, they are inapplicable to humans. It's time for Pitt to switch to humane, human-relevant methods.
— Lucy Post (@lucyspost) May 15, 2017
Horrible. I hope the people really opens people's eyes and helps those suffering monkeys and mice.
— Heather Moore (@HMOORE123) May 15, 2017
hell yeah some real news. thank u for spreaking out! i subscribed. you are an angel for animals
— Naughty Music (@naughtymuzik) May 15, 2017
When students are furious with the actions of their beloved school, you know something is wrong. Read just some of the horror stories about what the animals used for experiments at Pitt have gone through.
Stand in solidarity with Pitt students by speaking up for all animals who are being abused on campus!
- Tweet @PittTweet to tell the school that cruel experiments on animals have no place on a college campus.
- Or write to the National Institutes of Health and ask it to stop sending money to Pitt’s cruel experimenters.
- Spread the word by sharing this story!