Porn legend Ron Jeremy joins PETA crusade against sex research on animals

  • Jeremy protested to NIH Director Francis Collins, a famous evangelical Christian
  • Refers to himself in letter as ‘an expert on sex,' cites his 1,700 pornos to prove it
  • Objects to research aimed at ending erectile disfunction

Mega-pornstar Ron Jeremy demanded in an open letter to the National Institute of Health (NIH) earlier this month, that universities across the nation cease from scientific sexual experimentation on animals.

“You can imagine, it takes a lot to shock me, but my friends at PETA managed to pull it off recently when they told me that the National Institutes of Health is spending millions of dollars each year on sick sexual-behavior experiments on animals,” wrote Jeremy, in the letter to NIH director, and famed evangelical Christian, Francis Collins.

"I consider myself to be a bit of an expert on sex—I’ve got more than 1,700 movies to prove it—and I know how important it is to have and enjoy it."   

In particular, Jeremy decried a series of experiments at John Hopkins University aimed at ending erectile dysfunction which have long been targeted by the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“Experimenters cut all the skin off the penises of live mice and rats, electrically stimulated the penises for several minutes, and then injected the penises withchemicals to see whether they’d sustain an erection,” alleged Jeremy in the letter. “Afterward, the animals were killed and their penises were cut apart.”

"I consider myself to be a bit of anexpert on sex—I’ve got more than 1,700 movies to prove it—and I know how important it is tohave and enjoy it," he added.

Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman for John Hopkins University defended that research, telling the Baltimore Sun earlier this month that that not only is it aimed at ending erectile disfunction, but it "involves investigating ways to improve outcomes from surgery for prostate cancer"

The spokesperson for the NIH also defended sexual research on animals telling theBaltimoreSunits mission is extend the life and health of human beings while ensuring the welfare of laboratory animals to the best of its ability."

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Josiah Ryan is a former editor-in-chief for Campus Reform, and former director of communications for LI's Campus Leadership Program. Previously Josiah reported on the U.S. Senate for The Hill newspaper in Washington D.C. and was the cofounder of The Floor Action blog, a live-stream on policy, politics, and procedure in the upper chamber.

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