• Petitioned David L. Callender

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UTMB President
David L. Callender

Animals Burned, Mutilated and Neglected at University of Texas - Investigate Now!

    1. Petition by

      People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

An insider at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) has contacted PETA to report that dogs, monkeys, sheep, goats, ferrets, and mice are being used in cruel experiments in which their bodies are burned, mutilated, and cut open and that these animals are also suffering as a result of inadequate veterinary care, improperly trained staff, careless handling, and severe neglect.

The whistleblower says that experimenter Daniel Traber has subjected sheep, pigs, and mice to third-degree burns on up to 40 percent of their bodies and forced the animals to inhale smoke from burning cotton. UTMB experimenters also intentionally caused spinal cord and sciatic nerve injuries in sheep. One sheep who was subjected to back surgery reportedly could not stand for three days following the surgery and was given no pain relief.

Our source also reports the following:

  • UTMB faculty members cut open dogs and surgically implanted tubes into their colons for irritable bowel experiments. One dog reportedly died during surgery, and another died in pain following surgery when staff members did not provide anesthetics and were apparently unable to use the monitoring equipment correctly.


  • A macaque monkey—a highly-social being for whom social contact is necessary to maintain physical and mental health—was confined by herself to a stainless steel cage in a room where she had no contact with and no opportunity to see or hear other nonhuman primates.


  • Several sheep and one pig suffered serious injuries, including a broken leg and trauma so severe that it caused one sheep's intestines to penetrate her chest cavity.


  • Mice died, most likely as a result of dehydration, after staff members failed to notice that the animals did not have access to water.


PETA has repeatedly reached out to UTMB through letters and phone calls in an attempt to discuss these alleged violations with the university directly, but our correspondence and calls have been totally ignored. Now, PETA has filed an urgent complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling for an immediate investigation.

You can also be a voice for the animals at UTMB. Please take a minute of your time today to urge UTMB President David L. Callender to immediately conduct a thorough investigation of the university's laboratories and dismiss any employees whose incompetence, negligence, or outright cruelty are found to have contributed to increased pain and misery for animals.

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    1. The Texas Attorney General has ruled that UTMB has to hand over documents requested by PETA related to its animal experiments. This decision will help shed light on the school's cruel experiments.

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Texas University Burns and Mutilates Animals

      Animal experimentation is always nasty, but a whistleblower recently brought to light some particularly cruel goings-on at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the...


    Reasons for signing

    • Elfmagic Taylor GAWLER, AUSTRALIA
      • over 3 years ago

      We are all One.

      When one is harmed, all are harmed.

      When one is helped, all are helped.

    • Suni Ibarra ROHNERT PARK,, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      What is wrong with you sick jerks?????????? Don't you get enough of blood letting from television????? Or wasn't Michael Vick's bloodletting enough for you - - - I notice you gave him the key to the city of Dallas for his blood letting. Now you have to have - - you just HAVE to have more blood, you evil sons of bitches!!!!!!!!!! Why don't you put yourselves in the places of these animals, and take some letting of your own blood, so you know what it is like!!!!!!! Use yourselves as tortured animals to see wht it feels like why don't you!!!!!!! shame on you!!!!!

      We are going to haunt you till you stop this crap!!!!!! It is in no way necessary to torture and kill animals when there are wonderful non animal simulators that you can use instead that give your students better learning than real animals. How dare you stil be using real animals!!!!!!

      Is it because killing animals after torturing them is much cheaper??????? I'll show you cheap you heaps of shit!!!!!!! You are worse than the piles I just called you!!!!!! You are worthless and you have no souls! and you will burn in hell for this, in the hottest parts of hell you will burn!!!!!!!!! SO MOTE IT BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will not be unhappy when you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Craig M VENTURA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Mr. Callender, why, 11 years into the 21st century are you allowing the tortuous "research" using animals, in your labs ?

      Shame on you, your staff & students!


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