In DepthANIMAL RESEARCH

PETA targets early-career wildlife researcher

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Science  15 Sep 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6356, pp. 1087
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6356.1087

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The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) may be targeting early-career scientists for the first time. For decades, the group has focused its efforts on established researchers (i.e., those with tenure and a decade or more of publications). But it has recently launched an aggressive campaign against a postdoc at Yale University, who is still very early in her scientific career. PETA insists that the postdoc's status as an early-career scientist has nothing to do with its campaign, but critics worry that the organization is trying to send a message to all young scientists: Don't even think about getting into animal research.