Subjecting Animals to Cruel Near-Drowning Test Doesn't Advance Pharmaceutical Company's Goals, Says PETA
For Immediate Release:
May 28, 2019
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Lawrence Township, N.J. – On Wednesday, from the floor of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s annual meeting, a PETA scientist will urge executives to implement a policy banning the use of the forced swim test (FST), in which mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils are dropped into beakers filled with water and forced to swim to keep from drowning. See video footage of the test here. PETA supporters will also protest outside the meeting.
When: Wednesday, May 29, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Bristol-Myers Squibb office, 3401 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township
In addition to terrifying small animals into thinking they’re drowning, the FST has been widely debunked by scientists.
After talks with PETA, pharmaceutical giant AbbVie, consumer product behemoth Johnson & Johnson, and Dutch ingredient manufacturer DSM Nutritional Products stopped using the FST.
“Forcing frantic animals to swim for fear of drowning is physically and psychologically abusive as well as irrelevant to human depression,” says PETA researcher Emily Trunnell, Ph.D. “PETA is calling on Bristol-Myers Squibb to ban the use of this indefensible test immediately.”