University of Adelaide Bans Cruel Forced Swim Tests on Rats

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

1 September 2020

"A cruel and inhumane test that scientists once claimed help them better understand depression has been banned by yet another organisation."

The University of Adelaide joins other organisations who are ceasing to use the Forced Swim Test (FST) performed on rats to study human depression. The test was first developed in the 1970's and named the 'despair test'. The FST involves mice or rats being dropped into a glass cylinder filled with water and being made to swim for their life.

Animal rights activists campaigned for the institute to stop the “cruel” and “inhumane” experiment.

Choose Cruelty Free congratulates the University of Adelaide for removing this horrific and unnecessary animal test, and asks that the rest of Australia's universities do the same.

You can take action in Australia here.

You can take action in New Zealand here.

Read full article here.

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