While UMass Amherst is recognized as a prominent research university, the specific nature of its animal experiments is not widely known by the general public – not even by its own student population.
Over the past 12 years (1999 - 2011), UMass Amherst has held over 30,000 individual animals for experimentation. In the year 2011, a total of 1,147 animals were bred or used for research experiments, including rodents, primates, bears, moose, cows, and several other species. Approximately 22% of these 1,147 animals were used in research that involved SIGNIFICANT PAIN OR DISTRESS WITHOUT PROPER PAIN MEDICATIONS in order to avoid disrupting research results.
Animal research should have no place in academia, and it's time for UMass to acknowledge and respond to the ethical values of its student body and surrounding community. Please sign this petition if you respect the lives and dignity of sentient beings and wish to see an end to the inherently cruel and exploitive animal research at UMass.