Peta Protest At Ross University Details
For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2008
Nicole Matthews 757-622-7382
Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. — Accompanied by an activist who will wear a sheep costume and hold a sign reading, “Ross University: Stop Torturing Animals!” PETA members will protest on Thursday outside the annual meeting of Chicago-based higher-education giant DeVry Inc. DeVry owns Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. While members protest outside, a member of PETA–which owns stock in DeVry–will question the CEO from the floor inside the meeting.
Ross students have sought help from PETA to end cruel teaching procedures in which healthy sheep and donkeys are subjected to several unnecessary surgeries and then killed. Students who refuse to mutilate these animals receive a failing grade. Ross announced earlier this year that it ended invasive and terminal surgeries on dogs, but the school continues to require students to cut up healthy donkeys, goats, and sheep. PETA is calling on Ross to adopt the more modern teaching methods that are now in use at veterinary schools around the world, such as using sophisticated simulators and providing treatment for sick or injured animals.
“We’re urging stockholders to ask DeVry to take Ross University into the modern age,” says PETA Laboratory Investigations Director Kathy Guillermo. “Veterinary schools are supposed to teach students how to save sick and injured animals’ lives, not how to maim and kill healthy animals.”
Where: Entrance to Drury Lane Theater Complex, Spring Road and Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace
When: Thursday, November 13, 8 a.m.