Gruesome horrors have accumulated in the labs of Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), where unskilled bumblebees go through experimental procedures and where callousness and indifference to animal suffering reigns. Baby mice limped in pain after experimenters cut off their toes without giving them pain medication. The experimenters surgically made conjoined twins sharing a single circulatory system by cutting and sewing pairs of mice. Blood was drained from an artery behind a mouse’s eye, and the experimenters then removed the eye, all without anesthesia.
After obtaining federal reports documenting 78 federal animal welfare violations at BCM labs between February 1, 2019 and June 10, 2021, PETA files a cruelty complaint with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, asking to investigate BCM for apparent violations of Texas prohibitions against animal cruelty.
PETA is also demanding that the BCM brass — in our second complaint since September 2019 — end the school horror show by holding experimenters accountable for the pain and suffering they cause and banning them from performing. access to animals.
Uncontrolled agony at Baylor
Federal reports show that BCM experimenters failed to provide adequate pain relief to more than 500 animals on 18 occasions. The animals included the following:
- The toes of 20 baby mice were amputated, but the animals received no painkillers.
- Seventy-eight mice underwent surgery to implant devices in their skulls, but received only half of the painkillers they were supposed to receive.
- Four mice were subjected to an invasive cardiac procedure but received no pain medication for six days afterwards.
- Twelve mice were castrated and two died when they did not receive the prescribed three-day regimen of painkillers.
Rules? What rules?
Federal reports show that BCM experimenters conducted horrific, unapproved procedures, in violation of federal regulations, so often that it seems like “going rogue” is common practice at school. For example:
- Experimenters have amputated the ends of mice’s tails, killed mice by breaking their necks, and amputated their toes without painkillers, all in violation of the rules.
- Five pairs of mice that were stitched together in an experiment were subjected to risky and complicated separation surgery without proper supervision.
- Substances other than those approved for a procedure were injected into 342 mice or administered through gavage tubes shoved down their throats.
- Blood was drawn from an artery behind a mouse’s eye, then its eye was removed, all without anesthesia, in unapproved procedures. The mouse is dead.
Expired drugs, general incompetence
BCM staff cannot even be trusted to feed and water the animals. Federal records show a mouse died after being left without food or water after skull surgery. Here are some other examples of BCM incompetence:
- Expired anesthetic was administered to 286 mice before a procedure similar to embalming in humans, in which a chemical solution is injected into an animal’s vascular system to replace blood.
- An operated piglet suffered a ruptured small intestine due to poorly spaced stitches.
- An experimenter who killed four mice was not allowed to perform the procedure.
BCM raised over $351 million in taxpayer money last year. About half of this sum covers animal experimentation that the school is clearly unable or unwilling to carry out in accordance with basic minimum animal welfare regulations and guidelines. Its morally bankrupt practices cause grotesque and almost unimaginable suffering to animals. It’s time for BCM to exit the animal torture business and embark on improving human health by embracing non-animal and human-relevant research methods.
what you can do
Join thousands of PETA supporters who have already called on Congress to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on cruel and unnecessary animal experiments and instead focus on modern, non-animal research methods.