The Supreme Court of Mississippi will decide whether records of dental experiments and other research conducted on animals by Mississippi State University for a pet food company are protected trade secrets or publicly available under the state’s public records act.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a lawsuit two years ago requesting records from MSU regarding its animal experimentation and research for Iams Co. The university and the pet food giant claim that the company’s intellectual property rights are at stake. PETA says it doesn’t want trade secrets, just animal welfare information.
A lower court judge already ruled in favor of the animal rights group.