University of Texas to Stop Drilling Holes in Rats Brains
A University of Texas at Dallas lab workbook uses this photo to show how
to restrain rats in order to drill holes into their skulls
cruel classroom neuroscience experiment at the University of Texas at Dallas
(UTD), undergraduate students drill holes into healthy rats' skulls, destroy
parts of the animals' brains with chemicals, and then inject them with drugs
and force them to perform in behavioral experiments to assess the brain
damage that results. At the end of the experiment, the rats are killed and
their brains are dissected.
a highly interactive computer simulation of this experiment that was developed
with funding from the National Science Foundation is available for free
on the Internet and has been endorsed by top neuroscientists as a replacement
for the rat laboratory. Recently, the University of California, Irvine—home
to one of the nation's top neuroscience programs—announced
that it was replacing the rat experiment described above with this simulator
and other humane methods after receiving information from PETA.
take a moment of your time to contact Dean Bert Moore and professor Christa
McIntyre, both of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University
of Texas at Dallas, and politely urge them to replace this cruel and deadly
experiment on rats with the humane, non-animal teaching methods available.
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