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|Originally Posted: 13 February 2010|
Ask University of Texas Dallas to Drop Deadly Experiments
Contact University of Texas–Dallas Dean of Undergraduate Education J. Michael Coleman, and politely ask him to replace a cruel and deadly experiment on rats with the humane, non-animal teaching methods that are available and in use at other universities.
Sign an online petition
And/Or make direct contact:
Dean J. Michael Coleman
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
In a cruel classroom neuroscience experiment at the University of Texas–Dallas, undergraduate students drill holes into healthy rats' skulls, destroy parts of their brains with chemicals, and then inject them with apomorphine and force them to perform in behavioral experiments to assess the brain damage that results. At the end of the experiment, the rats are killed.
Fortunately, a highly interactive computer simulation of this experiment that was developed with funding from the National Science Foundation is available for free on the Internet and has been endorsed by top neuroscientists as a replacement for the rat laboratory. Recently, the University of California–Irvine—home to one of the nation's top neuroscience programs—announced that it was replacing the rat experiment described above with this simulator after receiving information about it from PETA.
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