We have found evidence that the Forced Swim Test has been conducted by Victoria University within the past 5 years.
According to Victoria University, they have "only" conducted the test two times over the past five years. Firstly, this test being conducted once is one too many. Secondly, we've found the below seven manuscripts that have been published by Victoria University affiliates (staff and students) involving the Forced Swim Test. We find it interesting that four of these have been published within the past five years…
- Title: Kappa Opioid Receptor Agonist Mesyl Sal B Attenuates Behavioral Sensitization to Cocaine with Fewer Aversive Side-Effects than Salvinorin A in Rodents.
Date: Published on 11th October 2018
- Title: Single injection of novel kappa opioid receptor agonist salvinorin A attenuates expression of cocaine induced behavioral sensitization in rats.
Date: Published in final edited form in April 2012
- Title: Pre-clinical Anti-Addictive and Side-effect profiles of Novel Kappa-opioid Agonists (A thesis submitted to Victoria University of Wellington in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master’s of Biomedical Science).
- Title: Behavioural Pharmacology Of Novel Kappa Opioid Compounds (A thesis to be submitted to Victoria University of Wellington in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy).
- Title: The effect of novel kappa opioid peptide receptor agonists on learning and memory in rats. (A thesis submitted to the Victoria University of Wellington in fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Biomedical Science).
- Title: Investigating the side-effects of 16-Ethynyl Sal A (a potential anti-addiction drug) (Summer Research Project).
- Title: The C-2 derivatives of salvinorin A, ethoxymethyl ether Sal B and β-tetrahydropyran Sal B, have anti-cocaine properties with minimal side effects.
Date: Received on 31st May 2016 /Accepted 5th May 2017
Under the Offical Information Act, Victoria University was asked if approval to do the Forced Swim Test with animals had been applied for to their Animal Ethics Committee in the past 5 years. This was their response:
"I can confirm that applications have been made to the Animal Ethics Committee for the forced swim test in the past five years."
We have tried to hide the names of the students who used the Forced Swim Test as part of their thesis. We hope that our supporters will respect this and remember that all anti-vivisection work that we do is non-violent - it is important that we create a better world for both humans and animals.
We do not condone the attack of (verbal or otherwise) the researchers conducting these experiments, and we ask that instead of focusing on the individual people doing these experiments, we hold universities, animal ethics committees and the NZ Government accountable for allowing such cruel and invalid tests to take place in NZ. This is why we are asking for a complete review of the validity of all animal-based psychological tests.