The University of Bristol is insisting on pursuing cruel and worthless forced swimming tests using rats.
University experimenters place small animals in sheer-sided containers of water and watch them paddle furiously in search of an exit, desperately trying to keep their heads above water, terrified of drowning.
The test does nothing more than torment animals and delay the development of effective new treatments for human mental health conditions, which are desperately needed.
Several universities, including King’s College London, as well as many major pharmaceutical companies have stopped subjecting animals to these cruel near-drowning tests, which have also been used in neurobehavioural research. It’s time the University of Bristol followed suit and invested in humane, human-relevant, non-animal methods.