PETA Sues NIH to Stop Sepsis Experiments on Animals

PETA has filed suit against the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIH Director Francis Collins, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra alleging that the agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it continued to fund sepsis experiments on animals despite NIH’s acknowledgement that mice are not a suitable substitute for humans in these experiments. The complaint states that the NIH has spent “more than $20 million for new [animal-sepsis] projects in the past twenty months and at least $10 million for new projects in fiscal year 2021.” PETA argues this funding is a waste of taxpayer money and violates NIH’s obligation to fund research to improve human health and minimize the number of animals used in research.