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School Continues to Damage Animals' Brains While Refusing to Implement Advanced, Humane Alternatives
For Immediate Release:January 25, 2010
Contact:Justin Goodman 757-622-7382Dallas -- After learning that cruel and deadly experiments are conducted on dozens of rats each semester in an undergraduate neuroscience course at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT-Dallas)--even though modern non-animal methods are available--PETA has filed a complaint with the committee that oversees animal experimentation at the school urging it to end the practice. Documents obtained by PETA through a public-records request reveal that the experiment involves drilling holes into rats' skulls and injecting toxic chemicals that damage the animals' brains. The rats are then injected with drugs and forced to perform in behavioral experiments, after which they are killed and their brains dissected.
"Tormenting and killing animals in this archaic classroom laboratory is unjustifiable, especially when humane and educationally superior methods are readily available," says PETA Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. "In the interest of protecting animals and providing students with the most modern and effective learning tools, UT-Dallas should abandon this cruel and crude exercise immediately."
An interactive computer program that simulates all aspects of the UT-Dallas rat experiment has been developed with funding from the National Science Foundation and is available free of charge on the Internet. It has been endorsed by neuroscientists as an effective replacement for the animal laboratory. Recently, after receiving information from PETA about this program and other non-animal alternatives, the University of California, Irvine--at which the UT-Dallas professor who leads the rat experiment taught the same course--announced that it was replacing this experiment with non-animal methods.
PETA's letter to UT-Dallas is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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