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Victory! UC-Irvine Ends Cruel and Deadly Classroom Experiments

Written by PETA | September 25, 2009
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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.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Nemia Corpuz says:

    Surely, there are other ways to conduct experiments without torturing innocent animals!!!!!

  • Bunnylove says:

    Please stop this practice, it’s so barbaric, imagine drilling holes in ANY animals skulls! It’s just sick and we don’t need it!

  • John says:

    Its great that they stopped doing it.Fair play to them.

  • Debbie says:

    Rats are very much like small dogs. Imagine a small dog having a hole drilled in its head.

  • Sarah says:

    1.Why are you against animal testing? 2.What have you done for PETA? 3.Do you agree with spaying and neutering animals? 4.Is PETA a good group to stop animal testing?

  • Jennifer says:

    My name is Jennifer and I am investigating animal testing. I was wondering if you could answer these questions. I have to do an english paper on this and I am supposed to have 5 interviews so can you please answer these questions for me. Thank you 1. How long have you been involved with PETA? 2. What kind of things are being evaluated with animal testing in laboratories? 3. What kind of animals are used? 4. Are you against all animal testing? 5. Is other research as effective in finding cures for diseases for example as animal testing? What other methods of research are there to replace it?

  • Bethany says:

    200 rats are better than nothing! Yes i am not a big fan of rats but i hate animal testing and cruelty! At least something is being done.

  • emma says:

    lol edward but in the name of saving animals be it just 1 or 3000 it is a victory im not a fan of rats myself but still if there getting saved from cruel tests then its a victory in our eyes.

  • Edward says:

    It just seems to me that PETA likes to slap “Victory!” on everything. “Victory! 200 rats won’t die!” “Victory! Celebrity cake uses vegan frosting!” “Victory! Vegan sandwiches taste good!”

  • Kalama Halamezad says:

    Mike Quinoa Just out of curiosity do you accept the stance that the AFMA curedisease.com supports animal research as long as its not used in predictive or causal research in human disease? The site pretty much adheres to the point I usually try to make that some animal research is pointless but much of it is useful. They do flat out say that the scientific justification for not using animal models is only applicable in certain situations. For instance there really aren’t any viable alternatives for most neuroscience studies that aren’t modeling human behavioral disease like Alzheimer’s.

  • Ankita says:

    Congrats it was abt time 2 stop dis cruelty 2wards animals. These people who do these things do they think dat Animals dnt have feelings? Well dan dat jst proves dat these people dnt ve brains and r uncapable of having emotions!!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Jennifer Animal testing is not only ineffective for curing human disease but is often responsible for tragic human consequences adverse drug reactions et cetera. If you’re studying the subject you must read “Scared Cows and Golden Geese” by Drs. Ray Greek and Jean Greek. Also check out the website httpwww.curedisease.com

  • Katie says:

    This is great news! I used to have pet rats and these animals have so much personality and are so affectionate! I hope that everyone who reads this realizes what a victory it is to save these wonderful creatures lives..

  • Kalama Halamezad says:

    Another person saying the Yale researcher got killed because the cage cleaner was drawn to or corrupted by the animal testing? Gimme a break…people are people. Even on this very website where we hold animals dear some were saying she deserved to die just for experimenting on animals.

  • Emily says:

    Yippy!!! I just hope their being honest and they don’t continue to do it behind our backs or something.

  • emma says:

    Edward!! ‘saving 200 rats is not a victory’ ??? Then in the animal protection circle could you explain what would be considered a victory in your eyes because to us stopping cruel tests no matter how many animals are spared IS a victory just the same as me just recieving an email from peta to say one university has agreed to stop the cruel tests on cats that also is a victory or correct me if im wrong!!! Im sure many people on here would agree that even if just 1 cat or 1 primate or even 1 rat was spared torture it would be a victory for the animal in question. I dont think peta is setting its sights too low i think your setting your sights in the complete different direction to the rest of us.

  • Shawna Flavell says:

    Edward Saving just one life is a victory.

  • Agnes Horn says:

    If human beings would take ownership of thier lives eating a wholesome vegetarian diet and exercising regularly they could enjoy good health without the myriad of illnesses unique to Western culture thus eliminating the need for so many cruel experiments.

  • Larry says:

    Way to go. With the current ability to test without harming animals it’s abhorrent that inhumane treatment continues.

  • sarah says:

    couldn’t some of them use already dead animals? i.e. for anatomy experiments you don’t exactly need LIVE animals do you?

  • Nicole Pedrick says:

    I’m glad UCI finally stopped killing innocent animals!! I am surprised to hear that ASU the school I went to for my undergraduate degree is still killing innocent animals!! I thought they had stopped doing this already. I will no longer support or donate to any of their programs until they stop doing this. I have just sent them an email will follow up with a letter very soon.

  • Martta-Liisa Harju says:

    from “only” human to civilized humane

  • Jennifer says:

    My name is Jennifer and I am investigating animal testing. I was wondering if you could answer these questions. 1. How long have you been involved with PETA? 2. What kind of things are being evaluated with animal testing in laboratories? 3. What kind of animals are used? 4. Are you against all animal testing? 5. Is other research as effective in finding cures for diseases for example as animal testing? What other methods of research are there to replace it?

  • Jackie says:

    If only Yale decided to not test on rats. Perhaps Annie Le wouldn’t have died because animal testing attracts the type of people who have no compassion or respect for life.

  • Jill says:

    Way to go PETA! I am so glad to hear this news. However I am saddened to hear yet another case of abuse is happening. I hope and pray one day that humans will see the error in their ways. Animals have emotions and a nervous system too!

  • Edward says:

    200 rats not dieing is considered a victory? Defeating Germany in WWII was a victory. Defeating Germany is a game of Risk is not a victory. You people aim too low.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    In many instances California entities galvanize the liberation of animals from exploitation and death.

  • emma says:

    About time!!!