BREAKING: Cruel animal tests are happening in NZ and we need your help to stop them!
NZAVS has recently discovered that cruel and scientifically flawed “Forced Swim Tests” are being conducted on animals in New Zealand by Victoria University and the University of Otago.
The Forced Swim Test is where mice or rats are dropped into an inescapable vessel of water and are forced to swim until close to drowning. The method of testing is used to model human depression, based on the assumption that a depressed animal gives up trying to escape earlier.
Not only is this test cruel but it has no relevance to human depression - There is no single sign or symptom of human depression modelled in the test!
We are urging the Government to ban the Forced Swim Test in New Zealand and conduct a full review of the validity of animal tests for psychological research