Visitors Warned of Animal Torture at University of Bristol Open Day

Posted by on September 9, 2022 | Permalink

Ahead of the University of Bristol’s 2022 open day, PETA supporters unfurled a giant banner reading, “Uni of Bristol: Stop Torturing Animals! Ban the Forced Swim Test”. The enormous statement could be seen between Gatton Road and Waverley Street, hanging from the footbridge over the M32. The move was a protest against the university’s support of the forced swim test and intended to alert prospective students to the animal torment the institution continues to allow.

The following day, we continued to cause a ruckus and encourage people to spare a thought for the animals suffering in the university’s laboratories. Watch our supporters storming the open day and boldly disrupting the neuroscience talk with signs calling for the University of Bristol to ban the forced swim test:

PETA supporters also encouraged students to speak out against this archaic experiment, handing out badges opposing the test and leaflets explaining how the university continues to allow it.

Animal Torment and Forced Swim Experiments

In the controversial and flawed forced swim test, small animals, who may or may not have been dosed with a test substance, are forcibly placed in inescapable beakers of water, in which they paddle frantically in search of an escape, desperate to keep their head above water. Eventually, the animals may float. They’re then removed from the beaker and later killed.

Shunned by the Scientific Community

The test is mistakenly assumed to shed light on mental health conditions in humans, but it has been shunned by leading scientists. It does nothing more than terrify animals and delay the development of effective new treatments for humans, which are desperately needed. PETA is urging the university to ban the test and embrace superior, non-animal research instead.

Following discussions with PETA entities, 15 companies and several universities, including King’s College London, have declared that they don’t intend to use the forced swim test, which some previously used for depression research, in the future.

Help Animals in the University’s Laboratories

As opposition to forced swim experiments continues to grow, PETA is calling on the University of Bristol to adopt modern research methods that leave animals in peace. Join us by sending the university a message now:

Aspiring University of Bristol students should know that out of view of the public, rodents are being tormented in cruel and worthless forced swim experiments. Join us in future protests to help make an impact for animals: