Emily Trunnell: August 11, 2020

NEW DOCUMENTARY TEST SUBJECTS EXPOSES UNSEEN PRESSURE ON STUDENTS TO EXPERIMENT ON ANIMALS

PETA Scientist Shares Her Moral Dilemma and Her Personal Experience Opposing Academia’s Old Fashioned Rule

 

EMILY TRUNNELL PhD

Research Associate and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Liaison for PETA
A new short-form documentary by BAFTA-winning director Alex Lockwood entitled Test Subjects, explores the pressure on aspiring scientists to experiment on animals in order to earn their diplomas. Seen through the eyes of a trio of former doctoral students, the film takes an unflinching look into a world few ever get to see—the pressure to conform in order to graduate. Test Subjects has been nominated for an award in the documentary category for the 2020 Lancaster International Short Film Festival.
On August 11, PETA scientist, Emily Trunnell, will be available to share her personal journey through academia, why she decided to stop experimenting on animals despite pressure from within the scientific community, and how a film like Test Subjects shines a light on why animal experimentation to gain a degree is unnecessary when state-of-the-art methods are available, and does not lead to greater scientific knowledge.
DR. TRUNNELL WILL DISCUSS:
  • How most people in graduate programs are told they have no choice but to use animals in experiments, even if animals aren’t appropriate models for their study.
  • Her personal experiences taught her that using animals in these ways is scientifically flawed and ethically problematic —a profound realization that changed her life and led to her work with PETA.
  • How students today can be spared from having to conduct painful, meaningless tests on animals, ushering in a climate where caring, forward-thinking and innovative scientists can freely advocate ending experiments on animals without professional consequences.

For more information, please visit www.peta.org

 

MORE ABOUT EMILY TRUNNELL:
Emily Trunnell, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist, a research associate and an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee liaison for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She had previously performed experiments on animals, and now works with government agencies and other scientists to replace the use of animals with superior research methods. Her victories include ending animal starvation experiments at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and persuading 14 companies—including Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Roche, and other top pharmaceutical companies—to end their use of the forced swim test. Her letters and opinion pieces have appeared in numerous publications, including Scientific American.
 

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