Day of Action: Tell the University of Bath to Stop Cruel Forced Swim Tests

The University of Bath insists on continuing its use of the cruel, worthless forced swim test. Join PETA’s day of action on 12 April – the beginning of the second half of the second semester – and urge the university to ban the near-drowning of animals.

What the Forced Swim Test Is

University experimenters put mice in sheer-sided containers of water and watch them paddle furiously in search of an exit, desperately trying to keep their heads above water. At some point, they stop swimming and start floating. Experimenters time how long it takes for this to happen on the absurd assumption that this can tell us something about the psychological states of humans with clinical depression.

Why It Should Be Banned

The test does nothing more than terrify animals and can delay the development of effective new treatments for depression and other neurobehavioural conditions, which are desperately needed.

King’s College London and fourteen companies have stated that they will not conduct the test on any species moving forward after hearing from PETA or its affiliates. It’s time the University of Bath followed suit.

Get Involved

Urge the university to ban the cruel forced swim test in one or more of the following ways:

Phone the University of Bath Comment on Social Media Send an E-MailAsk Your Friends to Join You

Phone the University of Bath

Make a quick phone call to the university and politely let staff know how disappointed you are by its continued use of the cruel forced swim test:

  • The main line is +44 (0) 1225 388388.
  • If you are a student at the University of Bath, you can call the Animal Research Liaison Officer on +44 (0) 1225 386289.
  • The Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology’s number is +44 (0) 1225 383782.

Comment on Social Media

Help flood the university’s social media accounts with polite messages urging it to drop the forced swim test:

Need some inspiration? Here are some sample posts:

  • Hey @PharmUnivBath, please invest in humane, human-relevant non-animal methods instead of using mice in the forced swim test. #BathBeNicetoMice
  • Hey @PharmUnivBath, please stop the near-drowning of animals in the ineffective and cruel forced swim test. #BathBeNicetoMice
  • Experimenters put mice in sheer-sided containers of water and watch them paddle furiously in search of an exit. Please stop this cruelty @PharmUnivBath. #BathBeNicetoMice

Send an E-Mail

If you haven’t already done so, please send the University of Bath a quick e-mail using our action alert.

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