Woman to be Caged, Shackled and ‘Experimented On’ During World Week for Animals in Laboratories

For Immediate Release:
22 April 2015

Dr Chaitanya Koduri; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Provocative PETA India Street Theatre to Shine a Spotlight on Cruelty to Animals in Laboratories

Delhi – Just in time for World Day for Animals in Laboratories (24 April) and during World Week for Animals in Laboratories (18 to 26 April), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India Youth Outreach Advisor Neha Singh will take part in a street-theatre-style graphic demonstration to show how animals are abused and killed in laboratories in India and around the world. In public, Neha will be caged, shackled to a table, “force-fed chemicals”, have her head shaved, and be “electrocuted” before she is “killed” and finally thrown in a dumpster. Other PETA members will display posters emblazoned with photographs of real animals suffering the same abuses in laboratories:

What:          Photo and video opportunity

When:          Thursday, 23 April, 12 noon

Where:        Jantar Mantar (Dharna Road), Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi

“Most people have no idea how sensitive animals are still tortured and killed in laboratories in India and around the world”, says PETA staff member Neha Singh. “My performance is designed to shock people into realising that this is the reality for animals in laboratories, who are caged, poisoned, killed and disposed of.”

“Shocking cruelty to animals occurs every day behind closed laboratory doors”, says PETA Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. “PETA’s motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to experiment on’ – and our provocative street theatre performance will drive home the reasons why the government must put more focus on transitioning India’s researchers to using modern non-animal tests, as progressive scientists around the world are already doing.”

Every year, countless monkeys, dogs, rats and other animals are burned, blinded, cut open, poisoned, starved and drugged behind closed laboratory doors. These tests are not only cruel but also not directly applicable to humans because of the vast physiological variations between species. Modern research methods, such as in vitro tests, are less expensive, human-relevant and more reliable, and they don’t involve animals.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.