After hearing from PETA, PETA Switzerland, and PETA Germany, Roche Pharmaceuticals has confirmed that it has ended its use of the forced swim test, in which small animals are dropped into inescapable beakers of water and must frantically swim to keep from drowning. Between 2001 and 2018, Roche published at least 11 papers that described its use of the test in experiments involving more than 800 mice and rats.
“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