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September 26, 2023
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Philadelphia – PETA supporters gathered earlier right this moment on the Nucleus Awards on the College Metropolis Science Middle, disrupting Eli Lilly Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Daniel Skovronsky as he accepted the Commercialization Award so as to expose the pharmaceutical firm’s shameful refusal to ban the merciless pressured swim take a look at. Video footage of the disruption is accessible right here.
Within the pressured swim take a look at, also called the “behavioral despair take a look at,” experimenters dose mice, hamsters, or different small animals with a substance, place them in inescapable beakers of water, and drive them to swim to maintain from drowning—supposedly to make clear human despair. Scientists have closely criticized this take a look at as a poor mannequin of despair, and utilizing it may even rule out efficient new medication. Eli Lilly has tormented at the very least 3,400 mice and rats within the pressured swim take a look at since 1993, however none of these experiments produced a single usable antidepressant.
“Daniel Skovronsky is defending a scientifically debunked experiment that forces tiny animals to concern that they’ll drown,” says PETA neuroscientist Dr. Emily Trunnell. “PETA is looking on Eli Lilly to affix different main drug firms which have already banned the take a look at.”
Quite a few different firms—together with Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, AbbVie, Roche, AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk A/S, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, and Bristol Myers Squibb—have banned the take a look at.
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals should not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data, please go to PETA.org, take heed to The PETA Podcast, or observe the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.