PETA says protests get results, but wants more action

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, March 31, 2008 – The People for the Ethical Treatment of animals (PETA) says its protest action against Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine to end cruel practices have paid off.

The group says it has learned that the university has cancelled all invasive and terminal dog surgeries, which have been performed at the school for many years.

It described the move as “an important first step”.

“We are thrilled that the administration is reportedly ending needless surgeries on healthy dogs…after which the dogs are killed and further mutilated,” the group said in a release.

“We congratulate Ross on this decision. It is welcome news to the many students who appealed to PETA for help.”

However, the organisation said that was not enough to satisfy their demands.

PETA had staged protests outside the university here as well as Ross campuses in the United States seeking an end to what it said was teaching exercises that harm and kill animals.

 “PETA will continue to encourage people not to visit St. Kitts until all harmful and terminal surgeries – including those still being performed on sheep this week and on donkeys the week after next – are ended for good in favor of the humane and effective available alternatives that PETA has recommended,” the release indicated.

PETA has insisted that Ross follow the lead of other veterinary schools which have switched from using animals to modern, humane alternatives such as computer-assisted training, simulators, and other non-animal methods.

“Prospective students should know up front that Ross veterinary students are forced to sever donkeys’ nerves and ligaments and conduct other unnecessary procedures on animals before they kill them,” insisted PETA Research Director Kathy Guillermo.