Curiosity Abused the Rat’ Ad Blasts University of Delaware Experiments

PETA Billboard Urges School to End Tania Roth’s Cruel ‘Child Abuse’ Studies on Baby Rats

For Immediate Release:
August 2, 2018

Contact:
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Newark, Del. – “Curiosity Abused the Rat. Stop University of Delaware Baby Rat Experiments Now!” That’s the message of a new PETA billboard that’s ramping up pressure on the school to pull the plug on Tania Roth’s painful and deadly maternal-deprivation experiments on baby rats. The billboard—the latest salvo in PETA’s campaign—follows a formal complaint filed with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development urging the agency to withdraw funding for Roth’s experiments and an on-campus protest earlier this month urging University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis to end the cruel and ineffective tests.

The billboard is located at 1759 Elkton Rd., at the intersection of Elkton and Fletchwood roads, near the university, and will stay up for a month.

“Tania Roth spends her days tormenting baby rats in tests that are utterly irrelevant to human children,” says PETA Vice President Alka Chandna, Ph.D. “PETA is calling on the University of Delaware to shut down Roth’s laboratory of horrors.”

Since 2000, Roth has spent nearly $2 million in public funds tormenting rats in distressing and painful experiments that have failed to produce a single treatment for abused children. She has injected baby rats with opioids and forced alcohol down their throats, stuffed pregnant mothers into tiny restraint tubes and blasted them with strobe lights, repeatedly shocked infant rats’ feet, and dropped rats into tanks of water from which they can’t escape in bizarre efforts to replicate early childhood abuse and trauma in humans. She’s taken newborn rats away from their mothers and given them to stressed females who, unequipped to care for the babies, have stepped on, dropped, dragged, and ignored them. Roth has also restrained rats in a Plexiglas enclosure smeared with cat food and placed it in a tiny metal cage with an adult cat so that the rats would become terrified that they’d be killed.

For more information, please visit PETA.org/ChildAbuse.

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