End Rat Brain Experiments


Ask 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

In a 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.

Fortunately, 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.

Please 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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