Ask Marquette University to End Cruel Classroom Experiments

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Originally Posted: 6 September 2009

Ask Marquette University to End Cruel Classroom Experiments

From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Tell Marquette University to end cruel experiments on rats, frogs, rabbits, and turtles by students in experimental physiology class.

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John Pauly, Provost
Marquette University
Office of the Provost
O'Hara Hall, 106
phone (414) 288-7511
fax |(414) 288-6400

Margaret Bloom
College of Education
Marquette University
phone (414) 288-7780
email

INFORMATION

After receiving a complaint from a concerned student, PETA has learned that Marquette University requires students in its experimental physiology class to conduct cruel experiments on rats, frogs, rabbits, and turtles.

The instructors bash turtles in the head with hammers. Students operate on rats and then kill them and destroy frogs' brains by sticking a pin through the animals' skulls (a process called "pithing"). The frogs are then dissected while their hearts are still beating. In another experiment, white rabbits are killed and their aortas are cut out so that students can expose the tissue to various drugs, including Viagra.

For example, a laboratory worksheet distributed in the Marquette course states that "[a] red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta) is anesthetized and then killed by a hard hammer blow to the head, followed by pithing of the brain." A hole is then sawed into the turtle's shell so that students can observe the animal's heart beat. According to the student who contacted PETA, one turtle, after receiving a hammer blow to the head, apparently attempted to walk and coughed up blood.

There are many humane, non-animal methods that have been proven to teach anatomy and physiology as well as or better than the use of rats, frogs, and turtles in these kinds of cruel exercises.

PETA has already asked Marquette to replace these outdated experiments with a humane curriculum, but we have yet to receive any assurances from Marquette that this will take place. We're now calling on you to help end these cruel classroom experiments. Please contact Marquette University's Dr. Margaret Bloom, vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching, and politely ask that the university end these experiments and implement humane, non-animal teaching methods in its science courses.


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