After discussions with PETA, Sage Therapeutics—a pharmaceutical company that specializes in developing antidepressant medications—has banned the forced swim test, in which small animals are dropped into inescapable beakers of water and made to swim for their lives. This victory is particularly significant since this widely discredited test is supposed to gauge the effectiveness of drugs to treat depression in humans.
“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