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Protest Cruel Mice Experiments – They’re Scientifically Worthless
October 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
Join PETA to protest the cruel and scientifically worthless experiments on mice and other small animals conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health. For example:
– The swim test where mice are placed in beakers of water and forced to swim until they drown.
– The tail suspension test, where experimenters hang mice by their tails.
– The foot shock test, in which experimenters lock mice or rats inside a chamber with an electrified grid floor and repeatedly shock them.
NIMH director Joshua Gordon will be speaking at the Toronto Faculty Club, and our peaceful protest is to encourage the end of these cruel, invalid, and tax dollar-wasting experiments.
NIMH’s own study published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature proves these experiments do not work to help humans. Specifically, proteins that effect neurotransmitters (e.g., serotonin, glutamate, and GABA) are not produced by the same cells in mice and humans. This means that the brain cells that communicate with each other—and the brain cells that respond to drugs meant to treat depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder—are drastically different between mice and humans. 95% of drugs that test safe and effective in animals end up failing in human clinical trials. So why do they continue wasting tax dollars to fund these meaningless studies?
Joshua Gordon has already told the scientific journal nature that “The National Institute of Mental Health has for some time been discouraging the use of certain behavioral assays, including the forced swim and tail suspension test, as models of depression.” He added, “These tests in particular are recognized by many scientists as lacking sufficient mechanistic specificity to be of general use in clarifying the neurobiological mechanisms underlying human depression.”
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