NIH Director, University of Delaware President to Face Protests Over Cruel Experiments

Giant PETA 'Rat' Will Put University in Hot Seat at 'Fireside Chat,' Call For an End to Torment of Baby Rats in 'Child Abuse' Studies

For Immediate Release:
February 28, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Newark, Del. – A giant “rat” and PETA supporters will call for an end to publicly funded, cruel experiments at the “Fireside Chat” at the University of Delaware (UD) this Friday, when UD President Dennis Assanis will moderate a discussion called “Improving America’s Health,” featuring U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins.

When:    Friday, March 1, 11:15 a.m.

Where:    Mitchell Hall, The Green, University of Delaware, Newark

Armed with signs proclaiming, “President Assanis: Stop Cruel Experiments on Rats” and “NIH: Stop Funding UD Rat Abuse,” the protesters will urge the school to end experimenter Tania Roth’s cruel “child abuse studies” on baby rats—and urge NIH to stop funding them. 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 tiny restraint tubes and blasted them with strobe lights, and electrically shocked infant rats.

“For nearly two decades, Tania Roth has tormented rats in cruel experiments that have failed to produce a single treatment for abused children,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is calling on the University of Delaware to end these merciless studies immediately and on NIH to stop squandering precious public health dollars on worthless experiments.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, which is a supremacist view of the world that prejudicially privileges humans over all other sentient life. For more information, please visit

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