The University of Otago has permitted the cruel and invalid Forced Swim Test recently. The university confirmed via an Official Information Act request that they had conducted the Forced Swim Test within the past 5 years.
Additionally, we also found the below seven manuscripts that have been published by the University of Otago affiliates (staff and students) involving the Forced Swim Test:
- Title: Effects of withdrawal from repeated phencyclidine administration on behavioural function and brain arginine metabolism in rats.
Date: Published February 2017.
- Title: Leptin and insulin do not exert redundant control of metabolic or emotive function via dopamine neurons.
Date: Published November 2018.
- Title: Leptin and insulin signaling on midbrain dopamine neurons do not modulate anxiety and depression behaviours (thesis).
Additional Evidence: You can request a copy of the applications made to the University of Otago Animal Ethics Committee that we retrieved via our Offical Information Act request by sending us an email — firstname.lastname@example.org. These applications provide more details on the experiments conducted involving the Forced Swim Test.
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.