Homes of U. of Delaware President, Experimenter to Draw Protesters

PETA Supporters Will Call For End to Tania Roth's Torment of Baby Rats in 'Child Abuse' Studies

For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Newark, Del. – Armed with signs proclaiming, “Suffering Animals Never Get to Go Home,” PETA supporters will peacefully gather in front of the homes of University of Delaware (UD) President Dennis Assanis and UD experimenter Tania Roth on Tuesday—Roth’s birthday—and call for an end to her cruel “child abuse” studies on baby rats.

Since 2000, Roth has spent nearly $2 million in public funds tormenting these animals. Among other procedures, she has injected baby rats with opioids and force-fed them alcohol, stuffed pregnant mothers into cramped restraint tubes and blasted them with strobe lights, and electrically shocked infant rats. She’s taken newborn rats away from their mothers and given them to stressed females who, unequipped to care for the babies, have stepped on, dropped, dragged, and ignored them. Her latest set of experiments involved subjecting mother rats to invasive surgeries just one day after they gave birth. And she allowed them only one day of recovery from surgery before she began administering drugs directly into their brain on a daily basis. One week after giving birth, the mother rats were killed and dissected.

“The tormented rats in Tania Roth’s cruel experiments will never know a happy day or a peaceful home,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is calling on the University of Delaware to end these hideous and wasteful studies, which have failed to produce a single treatment for abused children.”

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