Stop Alleged Inhumane, Illegal Experiments on Lab Animals

Target: Ruth Watkins, University of Utah President

Goal: Ensure that the University of Utah ends inhumane animal experiments.

The death of a 2-month-old lamb allegedly occurred as a result of unethical testing from experimenter Kurt Albertine. This case involved a pulmonary function test­— however, the test was never approved by the university’s animal use oversight committee. Reportedly, not only did Albertine not have authority to perform the procedure, he also did not have permission to use the drug methacholine, which is believed to have caused the lamb’s death. According to PETA “A subsequent internal investigation by the university revealed that at least 20 other lambs had been forced to undergo this unapproved experimental procedure.”

The University of Utah has been under fire before for their alleged violations of approved written research protocol. There have been reports of a monkey being severely burned before a procedure, a kitten dying of dehydration, failing to provide sufficient pain relief to their animals, and multiple other horrific accounts. The university apparently continues to break these rules despite being warned several times by the USDA. The faculty and staff of the University of Utah need to take responsibility for their actions. Sign below to demand justice for the animals killed and harmed at the University of Utah.


Dear President Watkins,

There have been several reports of unethical animal experiments performed in the labs at your school. A recent one involved the case of a 2-month-old baby lamb allegedly forced to undergo an unapproved procedure that resulted in its death. This is not the only case, there have reportedly been at least 20 other lambs used during this unapproved experimental procedure.

This is only one of many incidents that have apparently occurred at your university. There have been accounts of a monkey being severely burned before a procedure, a kitten dying of dehydration, failing to provide sufficient pain relief to animals, a monkey getting his brain operated on without proper anesthesia, and the list goes on. It seems that your university continues to break rules, despite being warned by the USDA.

Your university needs to take responsibility for these actions. These horrendous accounts of alleged animal cruelty must come to an end. We demand that action is taken to ensure the ethical treatment of animals used in your labs.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Barton Dixon says:

    “I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty”.
    Charles W. Mayo, MD

    “Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called research.” George Bernard Shaw
    “Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.” George Bernard Shaw
    “What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty.” Leo Tolstoy

  2. Here’s another one from the US director of the National Institute of Health himself (Dr. Elias Zerhoni):

    “We have moved away from studying human disease in humans,” he lamented. “We all drank the Kool-Aid on that one, me included.” With the ability to knock in or knock out any gene in a mouse—which “can’t sue us,” Zerhouni quipped—researchers have over-relied on animal data. “The problem is that it hasn’t worked, and it’s time we stopped dancing around the problem…We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in humans to understand disease biology in humans.”

    With real – life clinical practice moving away from animal experiments, why do we even continue to use them? Its just sad.

  3. sharon bushman says:

    Why experiment with ‘innocent’ animals and not with prisoners condemned to death?

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