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September 26, 2022
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Indianapolis – In PETA’s newest push for Eli Lilly to ban the pressured swim take a look at, the group is taking to the streets in the present day with a cell billboard, displaying passersby footage from inside laboratories the place mice and rats in water-filled beakers battle to swim for his or her lives. The video compilation consists of footage of Eli Lilly CEO David Ricks stating, “You need to see different issues that we have now to do to animals.”
PETA has additionally positioned a billboard close to Eli Lilly’s headquarters, at 1150 S. Meridian St., with the message “The Pressured Swim Check Doesn’t Maintain Water. Ban This Merciless Lab Experiment NOW.”
“Eli Lilly refuses to ban scientifically debunked cruelty that makes tiny animals concern they’re drowning,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is asking on David Ricks to embrace fashionable, non-animal strategies which are on the reducing fringe of analysis, as most of his pharmaceutical rivals have already carried out.”
Within the pressured swim, or “behavioral despair,” take a look at, mice, rats, or different small animals are sometimes dosed with a take a look at substance, positioned in inescapable beakers full of water, and made to swim to maintain from drowning in failed efforts to know and deal with human melancholy. The take a look at has been closely criticized by scientists who argue that floating isn’t an indication of melancholy or despair, as some declare, however fairly a constructive indicator of studying, saving power, and adapting to a brand new surroundings.
Though greater than 20,000 individuals who use Eli Lilly’s merchandise have urged the corporate to ban the take a look at, Ricks claims that he “solutions to the sufferers we serve”—and although researchers are presently using human cell–based mostly methods, drug-repurposing applications, and different strategies to develop antidepressant medicine, he additionally claims that there aren’t any replacements for it. Eli Lilly has tormented a complete of three,400 mice and rats on this take a look at since 1993, and not one of the medicine it has tried to develop by utilizing it are available on the market to deal with melancholy.
Following talks with PETA, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, AbbVie, Roche, AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk A/S, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, and Bristol Myers Squibb have all dropped the take a look at.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals are usually not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra details about PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.