Mice and rats are really gentle, interesting animals. But sadly, millions of them are killed in painful experiments every year in the U.S. In these tests, rats and mice are poisoned, burned, shocked, and terrified on purpose. Many laboratories that use these animals aren’t even required to give them medicine for pain or any kind of vet care, and lots of them end up dying after suffering for a very long time.
Rats and mice aren’t lab equipment, and they don’t belong in laboratories. They belong in their natural habitats with their families. Check out these fascinating facts about rodents that prove they’re actually a lot like us!
4. They also have awesome memories. Even though rats have poor eyesight, once they figure out a path, they never forget it.
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You can help save these wonderful little animals! Make sure you buy only “cruelty-free” products—it will say that right on the label—that weren’t tested on mice, rats, or other animals. And if your family is ready for the commitment of rescuing a rat or mouse, be sure to adopt him or her from a shelter and never buy one (or any animal!) from a breeder or pet store.