Queensland University of Technology Drops Cruel Toad Lab

January 2010

PETA’s Laboratory Investigations Department learned about a physiology course at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology in which cane toads were being killed after having their chests cut open in crude and inhumane classroom experiments so that students could observe the effects of various drugs on the toads’ hearts. We urged the school’s administrators to end the cruel procedures and shared information about modern, humane, and educationally superior alternatives. After reviewing the course and evaluating the information that we provided, the school announced that it had completely ended the use of animals in these experiments. 

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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