People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will unveil an eye-opening exhibit titled ‘Without Consent‘, which explores the heartbreaking history of experiments on nonconsenting animals.
The installation will reportedly challenge institutions, including the University of Colorado–Denver, to rethink this exploitative, expensive, cruel, and archaic concept of science. The installation is modeled after the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “Without Consent” and it will be displayed locally for four days as a part of a national tour.
The project features 24 panels with descriptions and photos of nearly 200 animal experiments conducted at institutions in the United States from the 1920s through today.
“‘Without Consent’ tells the true stories of animals harmed and killed in experiments that they did not and could not consent to,” says Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “Humans are only one animal species among many. Having the power to exploit others doesn’t give us the right to do so.”
According to PETA, 110 million animals are killed every year inside United States laboratories. These poor animals experience pain and fear and are often force-fed chemicals, sickened with the disease, and robbed of their babies. In a statement, PETA said that experimenters at CU Denver deprived rats of food and gave them heroin, then forced them into withdrawal before injecting them with cocaine and cutting out their brains. Other experimenters there stopped and restarted the hearts of infant piglets, then killed them and cut out their kidneys. In another experiment, severe injuries were inflicted on the legs of 6-week-old rabbits, fat was removed from their groin and injected into the injury site, and then they were killed, PETA wrote.
“Without Consent” also makes the point that vulnerable humans—including orphans in tuberculosis and psychological experiments, immigrant women in gynecological surgeries, soldiers in LSD and poison gas tests, and impoverished Black men in syphilis experiments—were exploited in experiments. Just as society now understands that these experiments were wrong, “Without Consent” shows that we need to let a similar moral awakening guide our conduct today by extending consideration to other nonconsenting sentient beings who suffer and die in experiments from floor-cleaner product tests to mother-infant separation studies.
The installation will be at Grant Street (between E. 14th and Colfax avenues), Denver, from March 21-24th from 12-6 pm. Other dates and locations can be seen here. An interactive virtual exhibit is also available here.
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