For Immediate Release:
15 November 2019
‘Looking for Changes’ Urges Shift to More Reliable Non-Animal Tests
Sydney – Beatles legend Paul McCartney just dropped a new music video – an animated PETA video for his 1993 protest song and anti–animal experimentation anthem, “Looking for Changes”. The tune was donated to PETA’s campaign to push for an end to experiments using animals.
“I’m looking for changes that will continue the momentum of getting animals out of laboratories,” says McCartney. “Experiments on animals are unethical – they’re a colossal failure and a waste of time and money. We can and must do better.”
Studies have demonstrated that 90% of basic research – most of which involves experiments on animals – doesn’t lead to treatments for humans. It’s been estimated that about 95% of drugs that test safe and effective on animals fail in human trials.
Despite this, researchers still receive grants to test on animals, so across Australia, millions of living, feeling beings are locked inside barren laboratory cages, poisoned, burned, cut into, emotionally traumatised, and infected with diseases while they suffer from extreme frustration and loneliness. Few experiments – no matter how painful or irrelevant – are prohibited by law, and almost all animals used in tests are later killed.
McCartney is part of a long list of musicians – including Sia, Morrissey, and Chrissie Hynde – who’ve donated their songs to PETA and its international affiliates. The group’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”.
PETA opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.