WATCH: ‘Rats’ Hold Die-In at New Scientist Live to Show That Animal Testing Is Not a Game

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Activists made a surprise appearance at the New Scientist Live exhibition in London to challenge a misleading depiction of animal testing.

The “Lab Rats” installation by Guerilla Science claims to turn research on its head, as human participants become the experimental subjects led through a series of tests by “rat scientists”. Willing participants are led into a cage by actors dressed as giant rats, who hug them and give them intelligence tests to perform.

Of course, this gimmicky exhibit bears absolutely no relation to the experience of the millions of rats and other animals subjected to experiments in laboratories around the world. These animals often spend their entire lives inside sterile laboratory cages. They may be injected with drugs, infected with deadly diseases, exposed to toxic chemicals, given electric shocks, or deprived of food and water. After these traumatic experiments, they’re usually killed.

It’s callous and offensive to suggest that there’s anything light-hearted or fun about experimenting on animals.

New Scientist should be letting people know about all the cutting-edge new research methods being developed that don’t use animals. It shouldn’t be celebrating cruel and archaic experiments on living beings.

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  • lisa commented on September 29, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    it is time to stop all experiments on animals everywhere, period. it is barbaric !!! EVERY animal in the world has “feelings” of happy, mad, sad, glad – even mice and rats.

    i don’t know where it happened, but somewhere along the way, SOME PEOPLE decided that somehow all animals-in-general are “less than” humans. I THINK NOT and knowing that i am in the minority, at best, makes me sick. there has to be a way. there just has to. i won’t pretend to know how to do on my own, but i’d sure love to join a group of MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of people – who together – can put an end to all animal testing WORLD-WIDE.

    • Helen Guy commented on October 5, 2016 at 5:25 am

      I always have been, and always will be on your side my friend. I love some people, however I dislike the human race incredibly……Particularly how they treat animals, it totally amazes me the disrespect animals have to endure, and the human parasites, oxygen thieves, that think it’s OK.
      My solution is, if you must ‘experiment’ for us poor souls, then experiment on humans! Serial Killers, Murderers and Paedophiles…..That would be awesome, instead of paying for these waste of spaces to have three meals a day……Get Real about our race, it’s shameful……Also, Animal Cruelty needs to be punished way more, it’s so unfair and depresses, and angers me greatly

  • Susie Tealdo commented on October 7, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Testing on animals is cruel, abusive, not human and UNNECESSARY. Please stop these testings on defenseless animals.

  • Deb Cooke commented on October 7, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with Lisa, animal testing is diabolical and belongs in the ark, surely in 2016 and beyond, there has to be another way. How about testing these cosmetics on human beings? Well, for a start, people would demand a large sum of money ( being the greedy race we are! ) then of course there is health and safety, oh yes, and human rights! What about the rights of all other living creatures that feel the same as we do e.g pain, fear, stress & isolation? We don’t seem to give a stuff about the feelings of these poor animals that we use and abuse for our own needy greedy purposes, they cannot communicate their emotions in the same way we do, so because of this, we can just carry on and torture them as if they are nothing? How narrow minded and dim some humans can be, we are supposed to be the brainy educated mammals on this earth, yet we can’t seem to be aware of the suffering pain discomfort agony and terrible stress we put these poor souls through for our own selfish gains! If it was the other way round, would we tolerate it? NO, we wouldn’t, so why should they, just because they can’t fight back. It is disgusting, how proud these demonic humans must feel when they make an animal suffer, hope they get all they deserve in later life, after all, what goes around comes around. Stop this mad barbarism NOW.

  • janet commented on October 7, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    it is only a matter of time before every one knows about this barbaric practice. the only reason it has gone on for so long is you keep from the public eye.get with the picture,people do care about animal well know that all the tests are unnecessary . you have all the data you need.

  • wendy gelsthorpe commented on October 8, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Its just disgusting in this day and age that this is still happening. It needs to stop now. Who gives anyone the right to treat animals like this. Its abbhorant and it needs to stop. We all need to stick together to end this once and for all.

  • Jane walsh commented on October 8, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    There is no need for animal testing in this day and age and this has been proven.put an end now to this Barbaric and cruel treatment of animals.the Bastards that are doing this should be treated in the very same way.

  • Anne commented on October 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Test comment

    • Anne commented on October 13, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      This is another test

  • Anne commented on October 13, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Testing again…

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