Join PETA’s Day of Action and Tell the University of Bristol to Ban the Near-Drowning of Animals

The University of Bristol is insisting on performing cruel and worthless forced swim experiments using rats, despite being urged by PETA, our supporters, and actor – and Bristol alumnus – Will Poulter to ban the tests. Join PETA’s day of action on 19 April – the first day back after spring vacation – and urge the university to ban the near drowning of animals.

What Is the Forced Swim Test?

University experimenters put rats 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 it can tell us something about the psychological states of humans with neurobehavioural conditions, such as depression.

Why It Should Be Banned

The experiment does nothing more than terrify animals and can delay the development of effective new treatments for humans, which are desperately needed.

After hearing from PETA or our affiliates, King’s College London and 14 companies have stated that they will not conduct the experiment on any species moving forward. It’s time the University of Bristol followed suit.

How to Get Involved

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

Phone the University of Bristol 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) 117 928 9000.

We’d love to know how your call to the university goes! Share your experience by sending us an e-mail at [email protected].

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 @BristolUni, please invest in humane, human-relevant non-animal methods instead of using rats in the forced swim test. #BristolBeNicetoMice
  • Hey @BristolUni, please stop using animals in your experiments and invest in humane, non-animal methods instead. #BristolBeNicetoMice
  • Experimenters at @BristolUni put rats in sheer-sided containers of water and watch them paddle furiously in search of an exit. Please invest in kinder, non-animal methods. #BristolBeNicetoMice

Send an E-Mail

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

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