Animal rights activists protest GM at auto show

LOS ANGELES -- About 30 animal rights activists staged a protest Saturday at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the Convention Center to draw attention to alleged use of animals in crash tests by General Motors.

The two-hour peaceful protest was staged by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA.


No arrests were made.

The national director of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, said GM is the last U. S. car manufacturer that still uses animals in car testing.

GM officials were not available for comment.

Saturday's protest was part of the animal rights activists' 'Heartbreak of America' campaign. Seven animal rights activists were arrested Friday when they charged a GM float in the Rose Parade in nearby Pasadena.

Newkirk said members of her group would be poresent at every GM stockholders' meeting, golf tournament and car shoow until GM stops using animals in tests.

She said PETA received statistics through Freedom of Information Act that showed GM uses ferrets, guinea pigs and pigs in car testing.

Many of the protesters said Americans do not know about the testing and needed to learn about the alleged atrocities.


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