Written by Jeff Mackey
Good news from the Grand Canyon State—students at Arizona
State University (ASU) will no longer be cutting
holes into hundreds of rabbits' necks, injecting them with drugs, and then killing
them for biology labs. Other animals, including live frogs and rats, are still
being subjected to hideous, antiquated, torturous experiments,
though, so your help is still critical.
Since 2008, PETA has been working with members, supporters,
and ASU students
to end the use of animals in classroom physiology laboratories at the
university. Last year, the number of frogs used was drastically reduced, and now
comes confirmation that all labs that use rabbits have ended. These are victories worth toasting—but
it's not time to rest on our laurels because more animals are at risk.
How You Can Help
Animals in ASU Labs
Thank ASU officials for saving a significant number of
animals from misery and death in school laboratories, and ask them to follow
through on this compassionate decision by replacing all the remaining physiology
experiments on animals with state-of-the-art
non-animal teaching methods as has already been
done at the University of Arizona.
Written by PETA
Many of you have been writing to and calling the University of California–Irvine to demand that it stop using animals in horrible classroom experiments, and your efforts have paid off. The university has just announced that it's ending deadly procedures using rats and replacing them with sophisticated computer simulations.
In the cruel neuroscience experiments conducted at the university, undergrads were drilling holes into rats' skulls, damaging their brains with chemicals, and forcing them to perform in behavioral experiments to assess the brain damage they inflicted. Then the rats were killed. Following a complaint filed by PETA that included suggestions for non-animal alternatives, as well as thousands of e-mails, letters, and phone calls from our supporters, UC–Irvine conducted a review of the experiment and decided that modern, effective non-animal methods will now be used instead of animals.
Because of this victory, as many as 200 rats will be saved from suffering each year.
This is great news, but animals are still suffering in other labs, so it's no time to rest on our laurels.
Case in point: At Arizona State University (ASU), baby rats are killed in classroom experiments in which students remove the animals' small intestines and uteruses. In other experiments, frogs' brains are destroyed when pins are stuck through their skulls, and rabbits have holes cut into their chests and are injected with various drugs before being killed.
Please take a moment to contact ASU and urge the school to follow the example of UC–Irvine by putting an end to the use of animals in classroom laboratories once and for all.
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