People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has a new ally in its fight to end certain types of experiments performed on animals in classes at Arizona State University: the students themselves.
Well, not all the students, just the ones with the same general furcoat-hating, meatless mentality as PETA.
A few weeks ago, New Times reported that ASU was being investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on claims made by PETA that the university was unnecessarily killing rabbits, frogs, and rodents in undergraduate anatomy and physiology classes.
Now a student group is echoing the concern.
Students Taking Action for Animal Rights has started a campaign to collect signatures on a petition its members will take to the university's administrators, calling for a ban on the experiments.
"We have basically the same goals as PETA, a Vegan vegetarian lifestyle," says the group's spokeswoman Kirby Mauro. "I think we have about a hundred signatures right now."
Mauro says members plan to take the petition to ASU Provost Elizabeth Capaldi and ask her to end the experiments.
With a student population of more than 60,000, it may take more than 100 signatures to convince Capaldi.
We wish them the best but to get signatures at ASU, the group may have to get in line.
Anyone who has been on ASU's Tempe campus knows that you can't walk 20 feet without bumping into some student activist with something for you to sign.
So if you can eek your way out of a chance encounter with the abortion folks and can then get past the anti-abortion group without bumping into the gun people or the "Greenies," you might have a shot at signing this petition.
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