PETA Demands Wilmington’s Charles River Labs Suspend All Experiments On Monkeys Due To COVID-19

Below is a press release from PETA regarding Wilmington-based Charles River Labs:

WILMINGTON, MA — Humans aren’t the only primates who can be infected with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. That’s why PETA is calling on Charles River Laboratories to suspend all experiments and provide documentation that the monkeys housed there, as well as its staff, have not been exposed to or infected with the coronavirus. Because the virus affects monkeys differently from humans, they are not good “models” for studying the human form of the disease—and if any of the monkeys are infected, future studies involving them would be compromised.

“We are deeply concerned that in the face of a global pandemic—the very reason that primate experimenters claim to need to cage and maintain 100,000-plus primates in laboratories—Charles River may not be able to show that the monkeys it imprisons and the humans it employs haven’t been exposed to COVID-19,” says PETA veterinarian Dr. Ingrid Taylor.

In 2019, Charles River—the world’s largest breeder of animals for use in experiments—received more than $11 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health. The laboratory has an appalling history of violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including the following: Thirty-two monkeys were baked alive after a thermostat malfunctioned and no one noticed, and a monkey was scalded to death when her cage was run through a high-temperature cage washer while she was still locked inside.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

PETA’s letter to Charles River is available here.

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3 thoughts

  1. This is yet another reason why it’s long past time to move away from crude, misleading, and inhumane experiments on animals. The fact that 95% of new drugs that test safe and effective in animal trials fail in humans is another. It’s time to modernize and use humane, human-relevant research methods.

  2. Why, why, why are labs still wasting taxpayer dollars on animal experiments that have proven ineffective time and time again??

  3. I hope they listen. Progressive scientists do not waste animal lives, time, and resources on inaccurate and cruel tests on animals. It’s time to evolve and modernize.

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