Demand University Stop Abusing Rats

Target: William Staples, President of University of Houston – Clear Lake

Goal: End cruel experiments performed on rats.

A student whistleblower from the University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL) has raised concerns about the welfare of the animals used in university testing facilities.

Allegedly, the rats are denied food and trained to push a lever which will give them food. However, the student stated that one rat was in so much distress that she sat in the corner for 15 minutes without moving. Rats would also cry out when the students handled them.

The same course offered at a different campus for UHCL uses computer simulations and has students practice training methods on dogs from a local shelter. There is no need to force rats to go through this terrifying ordeal when alternative practices are already being used. Sign this petition and demand these unnecessary experiments on rats end immediately.


Dear Mr. Staples,

A student from your university has come forward about some concerns they have regarding animals used in experimentation.

For a class, rats are denied food for extended periods of time and trained by students to push a lever in order to obtain food. One rat was so distraught that she sat motionless in the corner for 15 minutes, while others cried out when they were handled.

Students taking the same class taught at a different UHCL campus use a computer simulation and practice training techniques on dogs at a local shelter. There is no need to force these rats to go through this terrifying ordeal when alternative practices can be used. Please consider ending these needless experiments on rats.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Kate Lenthall says:

    I’ve had rats as pets, and they’re so intelligent and loving, it should be a crime to experiment on them. No animal deserves to be experimented on, really.

  2. Natasha Glinsky says:

    All labs are required to have simulators for training and experimenting. Some universities have them and don’t use them even after paying millions of dollars for them.

    Maybe their too stupid to understand how to use them.

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