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Mad Science 2006 : Rat researchers win cruelty awards

Rats

Animal Aid's Mad Science Awards (AAMSAs) are handed out each year for pointless and grotesque scientific research. Award winners receive a diploma featuring the special AAMSA motif of a laboratory beagle stabbed with a scalpel.

The theme for 2006 is research on rats, who are used in almost half a million experiments in British laboratories each year.

Apart from the fact that they are cheaper to breed and house than dogs or chimpanzees, scientists seek to justify their use by presenting them to the public as mere rodents- life-forms undeserving of any special consideration. In fact, their suffering is regarded as wholly irrelevant.

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