Shocked, soaked and gassed

This is not the way to help PTSD patients.

At Washington State University, scientists are putting animals through hell, claiming to study PTSD.

CAARE has revealed that 3-month old rats are “traumatized” through a series of cruel procedures that last days. To start, they are immobilized in plastic devices for hours, then placed in chambers where they receive repeated electrical shocks. After that they are forced to swim in cold water for 20 minutes before being bombarded by alcohol fumes until they lose consciousness.


The point of all this?

The study claims to show how sleep may be able to help victims of PTSD.

Helping PTSD patients is vital, but as CAARE’s research has shown, appalling experiments on animals like these at WSU won’t accomplish that.

Please join with CAARE in speaking out by sending a polite letter to authorities to cancel these experiments in favor of funding effective treatments for people.

CAARE’s report, From Trauma to Treatment, demonstrates extensively how animal experiments fail to help people suffering from PTSD while presenting human-relevant alternatives for researching and treating PTSD.


Instead, these abominable animal experiments siphon money away from treatments that are known to be highly effective, but right now aren’t reaching patients.

Treatments like evidence-based cognitive therapies, which have been shown to have a better than 77% success rate, go underfunded, while experiments on animals continue, this one with the support of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

As to that cruel study on rats… the procedures described above are only part of what they go through.

They also endured two brain surgeries to implant electrodes in their heads, with wires threaded through their neck muscles, and tethered to a recording system for 7 days.

That was done so researchers could subject them to a procedure known as optogenetics, in which brain cells are injected with proteins that react to light to control how they respond.

Horrific, “high-tech” animal experiments like this cost millions of dollars. In 2011, the DoD spent $82 million on “basic research” for PTSD, which typically means animal experiments.

Just imagine if that money had been spent to bring effective therapies to hurting patients.

Please send your letter to authorities at WSU and DoD to let them know it’s time to end this unjustifiable animal abuse and spend the money on helping people.

Thank you for speaking out for animals in labs!

This action alert is part of CAARE’s Terror In the Lab campaign to highlight the futility, cruelty and wastefulness of using animals to study PTSD.


Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research (CAARE), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established to highlight and promote research without animals. Please donate to support CAARE’s mission to end animal suffering by disseminating information about the power and progress of research without animals.


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