by Tanya Sierra / SignOnSanDiego / June 17, 2008
Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protested outside the downtown San Diego Convention Center today calling attention to biotechnology companies that experiment on animals. Less than a dozen PETA members held up signs that read “end stone-age animal tests.” The four-day BIO International Convention, which began today, features about 20,000 people representing more than 2,200 companies from across the country and 70 nations.
PETA members used a 10-foot-tall inflatable dinosaur to note what they said were “antiquated and cruel animal experiments.” As PETA members peacefully handed out flyers with details of biotechnology company practicies, convention-goers passed them by on their way to lunch, seemingly unfazed. The animal-rights organization recently complied a list of the 10 worst CEOs for treatment of animals, and said seven of them were represented at the convention.