Demand University Stop Abusing Rats

Rat Janet Stephens

Target: William Staples, President of University of Houston – Clear Lake

Goal: End cruel experiments performed on rats.

A student whistleblower from the University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL) has raised concerns about the welfare of the animals used in university testing facilities.

Allegedly, the rats are denied food and trained to push a lever which will give them food. However, the student stated that one rat was in so much distress that she sat in the corner for 15 minutes without moving. Rats would also cry out when the students handled them.

The same course offered at a different campus for UHCL uses computer simulations and has students practice training methods on dogs from a local shelter. There is no need to force rats to go through this terrifying ordeal when alternative practices are already being used. Sign this petition and demand these unnecessary experiments on rats end immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Staples,

A student from your university has come forward about some concerns they have regarding animals used in experimentation.

For a class, rats are denied food for extended periods of time and trained by students to push a lever in order to obtain food. One rat was so distraught that she sat motionless in the corner for 15 minutes, while others cried out when they were handled.

Students taking the same class taught at a different UHCL campus use a computer simulation and practice training techniques on dogs at a local shelter. There is no need to force these rats to go through this terrifying ordeal when alternative practices can be used. Please consider ending these needless experiments on rats.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Janet Stephens

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4 Comments

  1. Shelli Schmidt says:

    There must be a few petitions for these poor rats, signed one yesterday..They’re not just rats, though this University seems to think so..Role reversal would be a nice wake up call!

  2. kay allan says:

    THIS IS REALLY QUITE SICKENING, THESE CREATURES HAVE A MIND AND FEELINGS, AND TO TORTURE ANY ANIMAL IS JUST SO EVIL VILE, THESE PEOPLE NEED TO DO TO EACH OTHER WHAT THEY DO TO THESE ANIMALS, JUST TO GET THE FEELING. YES RIGHT, AS IF.

  3. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Give that student a medal! It’s hard to get up the courage to report wrongdoing at your university when you need your grades.

  4. D. Hadley says:

    Who EVER really gave humans permission to torture and imprison other species in the first place? Rene Descartes heartlessly and stupidly opened that hideous ideology up in earnest, and unbelievably, his utter ignorance and human hubris has been widely adopted and used as a ready EXCUSE for such “research” and animal enslavement ever since. That’s how far humans HAVEN’T yet come! Some institute of “higher learning” THIS is — NOT. You’re still stuck in the past and stubbornly REFUSING to evolve beyond wholly ERRONEOUS assumptions made in the bloody 1600s!!!!!! Way to go, mindless jerks…

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