‘Rat’ to University Trustees: Save Me From Cruel Experiments!

PETA Will Call On University of Delaware Board to Halt Tania Roth's Tests on Baby Rats

For Immediate Release:
December 10, 2018

Contact:
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Newark, Del. – A giant PETA “rat” along with protesters holding signs that proclaim, “Tania Roth Abuses Babies”—a reference to the experimenter’s cruel and controversial “child abuse” studies on baby rats at the University of Delaware—will greet members of the school’s Board of Trustees as they arrive for their meeting on Tuesday.

When:    Tuesday, December 11, 2:30 p.m.

Where:    At the intersection of S. College and E. Delaware avenues, Newark

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—notes that since 2000, Roth has spent nearly $2 million in public funds tormenting rats in psychologically distressing and painful experiments that have contradicted each other and failed to produce a single treatment for abused children. She’s 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. She’s also separated baby rats from their mothers and placed them with traumatized foster mothers who were ill equipped to care for them and instead dragged, dropped, and neglected them.

“It’s past time that Tania Roth’s decades of tormenting baby rats in wasteful experiments came to an end,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is calling on the University of Delaware’s Board of Trustees to stop funneling millions of dollars into a laboratory that produces nothing but animal suffering.”

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