Ban University’s Unnecessary Experiments On Pigs

Target: Brown University President Christina Paxson

Goal: Stop Brown University from performing cruel and unnecessary experiments on pigs

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has revealed that Brown University has been using young pigs in unnecessary experiments. In these tests, researchers force the pigs to consume alcohol so that they can measure the effects on their heart. These tests are completely unnecessary as it is already widely known that excessive alcohol consumption is bad for the heart. We must ask Brown University President Christina Paxson to stop performing these inhumane experiments at Brown University.

In a recent interview with the Providence Journal, PCRM spokesman Dr. Albert J. Puerini Jr. gave insight into the details of these experiments. He stated, “They’re forcing animals to consume large amounts of alcohol, the equivalent of 20 shots of vodka a day. That right away is grossly abusive. They try to artificially cause heart disease. Before they kill them, they open up their chest[s] and expose their hearts. It’s barbaric. … It escapes me that there’s any value in this.” He further explains that pigs response to alcohol cannot be compared to the response of humans, enhancing the uselessness of these cruel experiments.

To make matters worse, these inhumane tests are funded by the United States government. Brown University should be ashamed for using taxpayer dollars to torture young pigs.

By signing this petition below, you will help urge Brown University President Christina Paxson to stop allowing cruel and unnecessary experiments to be performed on pigs at Brown University.


Dear Brown University President Christina Paxson,

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has revealed that inhumane experiments are being conducted on pigs at Brown University. These young pigs are forced to consume “the equivalent of 20 shots of vodka a day” in order to measure the effects of alcohol on their hearts.

These tests are completely unnecessary as it is already widely known that excessive alcohol consumption is bad for the heart. Furthermore, experts believe that the results of these experiments bare no comparison to the effects of alcohol in a human.

I ask that you ban Brown University from performing these cruel and useless tests on pigs immediately and use the federally funded tax-payer dollars for a better purpose.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Marilyn Wilson says:

    They’re monsters! Such cruelty needs to stop!

  2. It’s a fact pigs are even smarter than dogs. We all know booze is bad ,so what are they trying to prove ? I can’t eat pork any more, especially after I saw the films showing the torture these creatures endure. Those plants must hire sadists. I am sure that government money can be put to good use STOP abusing the pigs

  3. Totally unnecessary. Stop this inhumane practice. Treat our animals with respect. They are not lab animals.

  4. No animal should be experimented on. The cruelty needs to stop now. We all know the effects of alcohol. No animal should suffer for the foolishness of humans.

  5. Helene Beck says:

    When I wrote to President Christina Paxson about this cruel matter, she replied:
    “Dear Helene,

    Thank you for your concern.

    Consistent with the policies of the National Institutes of Health, Brown University takes its responsibilities regarding the use of animals in research very seriously. Our researchers employ animal models only in cases where they are necessary to produce valuable scientific results. Brown University is committed to the highest standards of animal health and safety in research and works closely with internal committees and federal regulators to ensure that all researchers know and adhere to strict policies, procedures, and protocols.

    The specific research about which you are concerned was reviewed, approved, and carefully administered. Brown University, however, is not the institution that reviewed the proposal, received funding, and conducted and administered the research. The information you may have found online is in error.

    The research you cite was undertaken by faculty from Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School but was administered and conducted at Rhode Island Hospital, an independent institution affiliated with Brown University. Rhode Island Hospital has its own careful approach to research involving animal models and its own independent structure for research administration.

    Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital share a commitment to improving the health and well-being of communities through research, education, training, and community health services.

    Thank you again for your interest and concern.

    Christina Paxson”

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