Stop Luxembourg university testing on mice for new research facility
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The University of Luxembourg will house around 6,000 rats and mice at a new facility to carry out animal research into neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and inflammation.
The rodents will be kept at the university's Belval campus in 2,000 mouse cages and 300 rat cages. The new site will include two breeding rooms, three surgery rooms and three behavioural rooms.
Mice and rats are mammals with nervous systems similar to our own. It’s no secret that they feel pain, fear, loneliness, and joy just as we do. These highly social animals communicate with each other using high-frequency sounds that are inaudible to the human ear. They become emotionally attached to each other, love their families, and easily bond with human guardians. Male mice woo mates with high-pitched love songs. Infant rats giggle when they are tickled. Not only do rats express empathy when another rat or a human they know is in distress, they also exhibit altruism, putting themselves in harm’s way rather than allowing another living being to suffer.
But even though these animals feel pain and suffer as much as dogs, cats, and rabbits do, they are excluded from the meager federal Animal Welfare Act provisions that extend at least some protection to these other species. Because mice and rats are not protected by the law, experimenters don’t even have to provide them with pain relief.
Alternative methods are available, which do not involve the suffering of sentient beings paid for by the taxpayer!
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