Against aims its lyrics at fighting injustice, and drummer Brandon Barnes takes that cause to heart. When he learned that his alma mater, the University of Colorado (CU)–Boulder, was having students perform cruel and crude classroom experiments on animals (with some of the animals fully conscious), he tried to drum up some
Students in biology and psychology
classes at CU-Boulder cut off frogs’ heads and experiment on the animals’
muscles, skin, and nerves. They force terrified rats to swim through water
mazes and cut open living rats to apply drugs to their exposed, beating hearts.
When Brandon learned about the experiments from PETA, he was horrified and sent
an urgent appeal to Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano:
Treating other sensitive, intelligent beings like disposable laboratory
equipment is wrong, and—although I was a business and music major at
CU-Boulder—I know that there must be better ways to teach undergraduates than
by having them needlessly torment, maim, and kill hundreds of animals. In fact,
apparently even CU’s campus in Denver, where I grew up, does not include any
experiments on live animals in similar courses. I understand that experts such
as CU-Boulder emeritus biology professor Dr. Marc Bekoff have provided your
faculty members with information on interactive computer simulations and other
humane methods available to teach students—a growing majority of whom now
oppose animal testing—without hurting animals.
Join Brandon in urging CU-Boulder
to implement the same humane,
non-animal teaching methods that are already in use at schools across the country.
Article source: PETA Files