BOSTON (AP) — Animal rights activists say Northeastern University researchers are cruelly pitting steroid-injected hamsters against undrugged ones to study aggression.
In a complaint released to The Associated Press, the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals argues that the experiments violate the state’s ban on staging animal fights.READ MORE: Bail Set For Woburn Man Accused Of Accidentally Shooting Friend While Showing Off Gun
The organization says a Northeastern lab trains hamsters to fight, stages taped “fighting events” and contributes to a fight atmosphere by injecting some animals with steroids and using others as bait.READ MORE: Head Of The Charles Regatta Will Return To Boston This Fall
It wants Massachusetts to file charges against Richard Melloni, the lab’s lead researcher, and others. State Attorney General Maura Healey’s office didn’t immediately comment; Melloni was unaware of the complaint and declined to comment.
In October, PETA sued Massachusetts to release information about monkeys brought to the state ostensibly for experimentation.MORE NEWS: 3 Boston Police Officers, City Sued For Alleged Excessive Force On 4 Protesters In May 2020 Riot
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