PETA US Helps Bolivia Avoid Animal Tests for New COVID-19 Ventilator

Posted by on June 15, 2020 | Permalink

With hospitals overrun with COVID-19 patients desperate for treatment, Bolivian engineers and physicians had no time to waste on misleading and cruel animal experiments in the development of life-saving ventilators.

Thanks in part to guidance from PETA US and Amor por los Animales Bolivia (APLAB), engineers at the Catholic University of Bolivia in La Paz successfully developed a ventilator to treat COVID-19 patients – without ever having it tested on animals.

Reportedly, the new ventilator has so far proved functional and safe in simulation and human trials.

Working with physicians, Bolivian engineer Fabio Díaz Palacios contacted PETA US and APLAB in search of a way to avoid cruel animal tests for the newly developed “mechatronic artificial manual breathing unit” (MAMBU) ventilator project. A PETA US scientist quickly located information about advanced simulators that could accurately model the human lung.

The engineers validated their new MAMBU system through tests on a human manikin with artificial lungs, as shown in this video. From there, they began clinical studies.

So far, the MAMBU system has been tested in human patients with positive results!

Hospitals everywhere need the best equipment possible to respond to COVID-19.

Animals – often pigs – used in ventilator tests are commonly subjected to intubation, anaesthesia, and artificial ventilation, which is painful and distressing. Instead of wasting precious time harming animals, these compassionate engineers and physicians created a new ventilator that has tested safe in simulation and human trials.

What they’ve done is extraordinary but completely possible for every other nation. PETA and its affiliates stand ready to help researchers around the world find animal-free testing methods that lead quickly to reliable results.

Experimenters treat animals like miniature models of humans, when in reality, studies show that a staggering 90% of basic research, most of which involves animals, fails to lead to treatments for humans.

Pigs can bond with humans, like to play games, and even enjoy a good massage. Mother pigs “sing” to their young. Pigs have even rescued humans from drowning and fires.

All animals deserve equal consideration – they can experience pain, suffering, joy, and fear, just as humans can, even though their physiology is quite different. In laboratories, experimenters treat animals – with all their personality and emotions – like inanimate science equipment.

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The tide is turning, and more and more forward-thinking scientists are adopting research methods that benefit humans without harming animals. Help keep up this momentum by urging the UK government to commit to ending the use of animals in experiments: