After hearing from PETA, PETA Australia, and Humane Research Australia, Macquarie University in Sydney decided to prohibit the forced swim test. The school’s Animal Ethics Committee reviewed the scientific literature on the test and reached the same conclusion as PETA scientists: The forced swim test is bad science. In 2021, Macquarie University experimenters published a paper describing the use of at least 96 rats in the test.
“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE
— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind