Sir Mark Rylance has written to the vice-chancellor of the College of Bristol calling for him to ban the “cruel and useless” compelled swim experiments on rats.
The Oscar-winning actor, 62, stated he’s including his identify to the “tens of thousands” of individuals supporting a marketing campaign by the Folks for the Moral Remedy of Animals (Peta).
In a letter to vice-chancellor Hugh Brady, Sir Mark stated: “As you’re little doubt conscious, this take a look at forces rats to expertise the concern of drowning.
“Researchers put the small animals into inescapable beakers of water, during which they don’t have any selection however to paddle frantically as they seek for an escape.
“The scientists at Peta inform me that these experiments are utilized in makes an attempt to check human situations akin to melancholy however that the take a look at shouldn’t be required or helpful for producing new antidepressant remedies for people.
“This leaves one query, why are these experiments persevering with on the College of Bristol?
“I’m urging you to listen to the science and end these tests immediately.”
Sir Mark, who has simply completed performing in Dr Semmelweis on the Bristol Previous Vic, has joined greater than than 33,000 individuals urging the college to observe within the footsteps of King’s Faculty London.
An announcement from the College of Bristol stated: “As a analysis college, we’re dedicated to a tradition of care the place animals are handled with compassion and respect.
“We’re in common dialog with the Nationwide Centre for the Alternative, Refinement and Discount of Animals in Analysis (NC3Rs) and the House Workplace, as effectively scientific societies and educational colleagues, so we will preserve updated with the most recent considering on all facets of analysis utilizing animals.
“We now have moral evaluate processes in place which have a look at every analysis undertaking individually to offer constructive suggestions and to make sure that essentially the most refined and acceptable strategies are getting used.
“We acknowledge that some people have concerns about the use of animals in research, but we also recognise that research involving animals is vital for advances in medical, veterinary and scientific knowledge to improve our understanding of health and disease and the lives of both animals and humans.”