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The University of Bath insists on continuing its use of the cruel, worthless forced swim test.
University experimenters put mice in sheer-sided containers of water and watch them paddle furiously in search of an exit, desperately trying to keep their heads above water. At some point, they stop swimming and start floating. Experimenters time how long it takes for this to happen on the absurd assumption that this can tell us something about the psychological states of humans with clinical depression.
The test does nothing more than terrify animals and can delay the development of effective new treatments for depression and other neurobehavioural conditions that are so desperately needed.
The University of Bath is continuing to allow these flawed experiments. It has taken over 300 video recordings of this cruel test in the last three years.
PETA provided King's College London with scientific evidence showing the failings of the forced swim test, and the university has since confirmed it doesn't intend to conduct the test on any species going forward. Fourteen companies have also banned the test after hearing from PETA or its affiliates. It's time the University of Bath followed suit and invested in humane, human-relevant, non-animal methods instead.