May 17, 2022

As an update to our February 24, 2022 article outlining a precedent-setting lawsuit that members of the University of Washington (UW) IACUC have filed against UW to protect themselves from the anti- animal PETA, Speaking of Research is pleased to announce that a federal judge has granted a motion for a preliminary injunction. The motion, announced in a press release by Americans for Medical Progress and the National Association for Biomedical Research, prevents the UW from releasing personal information requested by anti-animal research groups.

Rhesus macaque. Source: Kathy West/CNPRC

U.S. District Judge Richard Jones granted the motion because he determined that, if released, the details could be used to threaten IACUC members. The injunction follows a temporary restraining order that Judge Jones granted the IACUC members in February after they filed their lawsuit.

In his ruling, Judge Jones cited the existing atmosphere of harassment and threatening actions by groups like PETA, saying these actions cost IACUC members their First Amendment rights because they cannot speak. without fear of reprisal, which “unquestionably constitutes irreparable harm”.

This is the second time in as many months that judges have seen through PETA’s tactics, the first being last month when UC Davis won a lawsuit brought by PETA seeking access to documents related to the research. Just as in this case, we applaud Judge Jones for using reason and logic to support science and society.

~Speaking of research