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Posted by bob1, 08 October 2010 · 4,427 views

Some of you may have seen a report recently about a privately owned laboratory in North Carolina (USA) that was shut down for animal abuse violations after an investigation by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

PETA as most of you reading this will know, is an animal rights group and is often involved in some very extreme behaviour such as bomb threats and actual bombings of-, physical violence against-, and arson against people who use animals for research and their families. As such I an definitely not a fan of PETA and think that many of their ideas are misguided and horribly un-informed. However, in this case they seem to have done a good thing for once.

In my (admittedly rather limited) experience, animal facilities are havens of cleanliness and respect for animals, with all effort going towards ensuring that the animals are treated very carefully, minimising the number of animals used in experiments and ensuring that they do not suffer. The workers in the lab that got shut down are, to coin a phrase, "Douchetastic", for treating the animals like objects and without respect. Not only this, but they have also furthered animal research's bad name and provided a further reason for the strong opposition that it is common to see in the media.

In an ideal world, I guess we wouldn't need animal research at all, however we are stuck with what we have for the moment as there seems to be no real alternative for testing of drugs or for modelling diseases. So, if you use animals in your research, try to treat them with as much respect and humanity as if they were your own personal pets, and perhaps one-day we will see some harmony amongst animal rights activists and animal researchers.

I have heard of a mouse lab close by where the animal technicians often "forget" to turn the lights off in the mouse house. So the poor mice are often left in light for over 24 hours. There is apparently an automatic system of lights on/off, but it is overridden if it is switched on manually, and thus needs to be switched off manually. But how do you police something like that?
Unfortunately, there isn't much that can be done about scenarios like that, other than large notices on the doors and training in the use of the light system. I have worked in a fish facitlity where the override was only for 15-30 min, then it carried on as programmed.

In my experience mice are pretty active most of the day, just in short periods between sleeps, so I am not sure how leaving the lights on for 24 hours would affect the mice.
I agree that something like leaving the lights on for extended periods of time is cruel to animals. How's anyone supposed to get some shuteye with that going on? In my opinion, its to the scientist's own detriment to do things that will stress out their mice. Mice can be easily agitated by things like noise, which then may lead to inconsistencies in one's research.
I agree absolutely. Such things are one of the biggest confounders of science done with animals. Even for the sake of science you would have thought that the people looking after these animals would have tried to minimise the effects on the animals.

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