In Defence of Rats and Mice

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“People tend to care about dogs because they generally have more experience with dogs as companions; but other animals are as capable of suffering as dogs are. Few people feel sympathy for rats. Yet rats are intelligent animals, and there can be no doubt that rats are capable of suffering and do suffer from countless painful experiments performed on them. If the army were to stop experiments on dogs and switch to rats instead, we should not be any less concerned.”
Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

“Typically, defenders of experiments on animals do not deny that animals suffer. They cannot deny the animals’ suffering, because they need to stress the similarities between humans and other animals in order to claim that their experiments may have some relevance for human purposes. The experimenter who forces rats to choose between starvation and electric shock to see if they develop ulcers (which they do) does so because the rat has a nervous system very similar to a human being’s, and presumably feels an electric shock in a similar way.”
Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

Today I am going to make a stand in defence of rats and mice who are probably the most neglected and abused animals on the planet.

There are actions you can take further down to help rats and mice, please take as many of these suggested actions as you can.

Why defend rats and Mice

Facts about rats and mice that you may not know or have considered.

Rats and mice are highly intelligent, as intelligent as your dog or cat. Like your dog or cat, rats and mice learn and respond to their names. They excel at learning and understand concepts, their memories are outstanding; once rats learn a navigation route, they never forget it. Both rats and mice are social creatures, they form strong bonds with one another and sleep curled up together. Rats are good mothers and like many animals they are playful creatures.

Fact – Did you know that rats are less likely than your cat or dog to catch and transmit parasites and viruses? In fact rats are very clean animals spending many hours each day grooming themselves and each other. Yet many people continue with the misconception that rats are the purveyors of disease and should be eradicated at all costs.

Fact – Rats and mice make up about a fifth of all species of Mammals, rodents are more closely related to humans than are dogs, cats, horses, elephants, whales, dolphins, and every other order except nonhuman primates.

Why do few people defend rats and mice.

So why do few people defend the rights of rats and mice. Why is it that many turn a blind eye to the cruelty that they suffer at the hand of human beings in labs and elsewhere

The human aversion to rats and mice is often extended to other rodents, including prairie dogs, gophers, squirrels, beavers, muskrats, and nutria, who are similarly killed en masse in various parts of the world where they are considered to be “invasive.”But even people who would not countenance any mistreatment of the aforementioned animals will often kill rats and mice by horrendously cruel means, or look the other way while others do the killing, using glue-traps, bone-crushing spring traps, and an array of poisons which may not be legally used against other species.

Why are we horrified when cats and dogs are the subjects of cruel experiment yet think its okay to harm rats and mice?

There are so few people prepared to defend the rights of rats and mice as they do other animals, the exception being pet rats and mice who are usually white in colour rather than brown or grey, the colours of their undomesticated counterparts. It appears to me that of those of us dedicated to animal rights or animal welfare or whose of us who are vegetarian or vegan, few speak out against the cruel treatment of these rodents. Googling something along the lines of “do vegans care about rats and mice” and you will find little information in support of animal welfare or animal rights concerning rats and mice, few stand in defence of these rodents who are like any other mammal such as your cat, dog, rabbit or guinea pig – the last of which is of course a rodent. So far the only significant stand in defence of these animals is from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA and even they actually condone euthanasia in certain circumstances. More about this further down.

So who does care about rats or mice?

Most of us abhor experiments on animals, poisoning animals or indeed any cruelty to any creature, yet few extend such concerns to rats and mice whom it appears are the exception.

Few people, even animal rights campaigners respect rodents – at least the common brown or grey rat or the house mouse. There are exceptions but few in number.

The petition below (now closed) is somewhat unusual:

Help Stop the Suffering caused by Rat Poison!


Click this link to read the full petition:

As you can see from a target of 10,000 signatures over a period of four years only 946 people signed

The petition above states:
“Every day, thousands of rats, mice and other rodents are killed across the world. This is often necessary to protect food and hygiene.”

Personally I would not kill rats or mice for this reason, there are more humane ways to deter rodents.

Your will find humane rodent deterrent information further down.

No doubt poison is used as this is the cheaper option. The petition goes on to say:

“However, most of these rodents are killed by poison- specifically ‘anticoagulant’ poisons. These are by most accounts extremely inhumane, and better methods are available. These poisons give the animal that eat them anything but a nice death. Rats and mice take an average of around 7 days to die after poisoning, and spend much of this time in severe pain. Anticoagulant poisons work by causing internal bleeding. They die paralysed and in pain, from blood loss and internal organ damage.”

Such treatment of any sentient creature is unforgivable and can never be justified.

The following from PETA has information about the cruel treatment of rats and mice in US laboratories

Please read the following even if you do not live in the USA as it gives information concerning the shocking treatment of these rodents that occurs in laboratories the world over.

“More than 100 million mice and rats are killed in U.S. laboratories every year. They are abused in everything from toxicology tests (in which they are slowly poisoned to death) to painful burn experiments to psychological experiments that induce terror, anxiety, depression, and helplessness.

They are deliberately electroshocked in pain studies, are mutilated in experimental surgeries, and have everything from cocaine to methamphetamine pumped into their bodies. They are given cancerous tumors and are injected with human cells in genetic-manipulation experiments.”

Continue reading, the list of atrocities get more and more horrific :  warning disturbing images.

Such treatment of a thinking feeling animal is, cruel, inhumane and inexcusable.

The following article lists
Five Reasons Why You Should Care About Rats

Please watch the following videosWarning distressing images of cruelty to rats and other animals

Investigation Reveals Hell on Earth for Animals at California Dealer

Published on Dec 19, 2012 a PETA investigator recorded abuse and neglect of thousands of rats and reptiles.

Who Cares About Mice and Rats?

Published on Oct 1, 2014
Mice and rats are affectionate and clever and would risk their own lives to save their friends. However, 95 percent of all animals used in experimentation are rats and mice.

Use the link below to help animals in laboratories now!

Also see

The hidden lives of rats and mice

“Rats are very social and affectionate animals. They love being in the company of their own species or humans. They like playing together and love to sleep curled up together. They take care of the injured and sick rats in their group. When rats don’t have companionship, they can become lonely, depressed, anxious and stressed.

Rats are intelligent animals. They are more intelligent than rabbits, hamsters, mice, gerbils and guinea pigs for instance. They also have excellent memories. Once rats learn a navigation route, they never forget it.”

Read more:

Still not convinced rats are like any other mammal and deserve our respect and consideration.

23 adorable photos that will change the way you think about rats23


Action you can take to help rats and mice

Who cares about rats and mice

Every day, mice and rats die in our nation’s laboratories—without even the most basic protections of federal law. Like dogs and cats, these animals feel pain, and studies show that they are clever and great mothers and that they would risk their own lives to save their friends. But even though mice and rats make up 95 percent of all animals used in experimentation, they are specifically excluded from the Animal Welfare Act, the only federal law offering any sort of protection for animals in laboratories.

Please read more and send a polite e-mail to your member of Congress
Stressed rats drink more than non-stressed rats

“In an expensive study of the obvious, psychologists at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York designed an experiment to see what effect stress would have on rats who drink alcohol. Of course, rats don’t drink, so first they had to get them used to drinking by mixing alcohol in their water.

Though the researchers acknowledge that “alcoholics in treatment claim that life stressors are the leading cause of continued drinking or relapse,” they somehow justified spending taxpayer money to study whether stressed rats would drink more than non-stressed rats.”

Continue reading and take action.

Please also take the following action if you have not already done so: Use the link below to help animals in laboratories now!

Many people however – even those who care – are concerned when rats or mice encroach their lives.

What to do about rodents in your home or elsewhere where they are not wanted: Advice to deter rats and mice.

Like any other animal, a rat or mouse may not be welcome – I didn’t like cats in my yard because of our adopted rabbit, who is now no longer with us, who used to wander about the yard. Cats can attack a rabbit and so can rats, our rabbit Sooty was bitten by a rat. I would rather not have rats in the yard or mice if they got into the house as is possible as our back door was always open for our house rabbit to come and go as he pleased. Equally I would not want someone’s cat in our house either. This does not mean I lay traps or put down poison for the rats or mice any more than I would for the cat: the cat, the rat and the mouse are all living beings with the right to life as much as you or I or my rabbit.

So what to do

Glue traps and poisons are inhumane and cruel to the extreme as the unfortunate animals often spend days suffering before eventually dying in agony. Rats and mice may not be the only victims as other small mammals get caught in traps or poisoned including wildlife, companion animals and even humans may also come to harm after contact with toxins as was indicated in the petition above. Furthermore these methods of eradication are in the long term futile not to forget the obvious that these animals have a right to life.

“Effective rodent-control programs are integrative and adaptive and focus on repellents, deterrents, and exclusion. Rodents are attracted to areas with adequate food sources and shelter, both indoors and outdoors. Eliminate access to food by keeping counter surfaces, floors, and cabinets free of crumbs and storing dry food and pet food in chew-proof containers. Seal trash (use bungee cords on lids), pick up your animal companions’ food at night and never feed them outdoors, pick up fallen fruit and vegetables in orchards and gardens if possible, and never feed wildlife. Reduce hiding places by keeping grass and vegetation trimmed back and by storing outdoor furniture, grills and barbecues, and wood piles away from buildings.

Next, determine where the animals are entering and frequenting by using a flashlight to locate entry points such as holes and cracks, gaps around pipes and doors, etc. (Rats can slip into buildings through quarter-size holes, and mice can squeeze into dime-size holes.) Faeces and signs of chewing or food-storing can also help determine the places that rodents frequent. Repel rodents by using ammonia-soaked rags or cotton balls (animals won’t like the smell and will leave), an indoor/outdoor radio (set to rock music or talk radio), or a strobe light. Once animals have left, seal entry points using foam sealant, steel wool, hardware cloth, or metal flashing.”

Please continue reading the following for more information about how to humanely keep rats and mice out of your home, your garden, yard or elsewhere.

Living in Harmony with House Mice and Rats:

I am not sure what the odd advice included in the above link says about rock music, I guess rats can’t stand it as much as I 🙂 Also unless you live in an isolated area I doubt the neighbours would appreciate music all day.

Hold on just noticed in the above article – “Rodents can also be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian or at a local animal shelter.” Apparently PETA condone killing a healthy animal! PETA it seems are not one hundred percent in their defence of the right of all animals to life. Shocked? I am indeed.

It goes without saying, but I must be clear I do not condone euthanasia – killing – of any healthy living being unless it is in self-defence or the animal is seriously ill.

The rest of the information is nevertheless sound and useful. The information is from PETA’s USA website, the ideas though are much the same anywhere.

More information from PETA

Cruel methods are never necessary. Read some of the comments included in the above link for more advice and accounts of how people have coped humanely with rats and mice – such as this delightful Story from Marina

“For the past year, we had mice in our house—lots of mice. We probably took out about a hundred of them, all told, using humane live traps of various types, baited with peanut butter, sunflower seeds, or almonds. If one type of trap doesn’t work, try another, and put them in the places where you see mouse poo. They like to run along edges. If you have dry cat food down in the room where you know the mice are, move it into a room where you haven’t seen evidence of mice. Who knows how many times we took the same ones out before we finally thought to look in the most obvious place for a hole in the foundation under the porch? In the middle of winter, when it was too cold to release them outdoors, we kept the ones we caught in a cage with a wheel, and fed them grain, almonds, fruit, etc. The mice ran in the wheel, groomed, and slept curled up in a little ball during most of the daylight hours. There’s no doubt it was more “work” and “trouble” than killing them would have been, but I’m a cancer survivor as well as someone who cares about all animals, and neither of us would ever consider using toxic chemicals to make war on these little creatures, who were, after all, only trying to live their lives. We’ve now been completely mouse free for several months.”

Important note:
Before using live traps please click the link below and carefully read the information, for instance: Only release rats and mice within 100 yards of where they were trapped. Releasing a mouse or rat into a strange area will almost surely result in the animal’s death because relocated animals don’t know where to find adequate food, water, or shelter and often become weak and succumb to predation or foreign parasites or disease against which they lack a natural immunity.Check traps hourly

More information:


Who has the right to say that rats and mice or indeed any creature does not have the right to live? Who has the right to say the life of one sentient being is of more value than that of another. Many would say that might equals
right – well if you think that way what can I say other than it is that kind of thinking that has made this world a place of suffering for myriads of species including our own.

We all inhabit the same world sadly many humans consider themselves superior to the other animals with whom we share this world, maybe as a result of anachronistic thinking of a bygone age which now has no place in any ethically progressive society. This world is the home to teeming millions of living creatures, rodents are among them and deserve our respect and their right to life as you or I or any living creature.

The above was originally written for my website and has been updated:

Please urge the ACSO to seize all animals from Willards Rodent Factory without further delay.

Please help bring an end to the cruel and neglectful treatment of animals at Willards Rodent Factory by signing a petition to Adams County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) urging them to seize all animals from Willards Rodent Factory without further delay. Action can be taken by anyone worldwide.

Please don’t be put off by the fact many of the animals are rodents. Rodents are sentient beings, mammals like you and I and deserve to be treated with compassion and consideration. Their lives are as important to them as ours are to us. You can read more about sentience and intelligence in Rodents further down.

Please continue reading for more details and a link to information about sentience in Rodents, but if you do not have time please at least sign the petition. This is a quick sign petition that needs only a few details.

Warning! You will need to scroll down to sign. There are some distressing graphics which many of you may find disturbing. If you scroll down quickly you will avoid seeing them.

Please sign the petition  urging the ACSO to seize all animals from Willards Rodent Factory without further delay

I have to say it can put many people off signing petitions if they are presented without warning to disturbing images. I know of one person who cannot click on such links. I try to warn people as much as possible and not simply present horrifying images. It is not easy to know where to draw the line, while shocking people into action may be effective in some instances it can have the opposite effect when people hesitate to click on a link.

More information – includes video

Eyewitness footage and photos expose extreme suffering of rats, mice, reptiles, hedgehogs, and other animals at Colorado animal dealers’ warehouse and pet store.

The Kubics breed rats and mice in a barn located on their Adams County property—just a few feet away from their family residence. Thousands of rodents—crowded shoulder to shoulder in filthy tubs on top of bedding saturated with weeks’ worth of waste—were kept in bins and metal troughs inside the barn during the course of PETA’s investigation. The Kubics did not employ a single full-time person to care for the animals. Lynn Kubic claimed that “you just don’t make enough money at this to … have a ton of employees or spend a ton of time out here.”  Hundreds of rodents were found dying, dead, and decomposing.

Tubs housing rodents frequently flooded, drowning rats and mice by the hundreds. Lynn Kubic—who admitted that she would not enter the barn after a flood because of the stench—lamented the loss of money but never the suffering of the drowned animals.

Cats were permitted to roam freely in and out of the “rodent factory,” terrifying rats and mice by opening tubs in which rodents were housed, defecating above them, and even tearing them apart. Rats and mice starved to death. Lynn Kubic admitted, “I probably lose more animals to starvation … than floods.”The Kubics fed rats and mice once per month, allowing the food to become moldy and covered with feces as the weeks passed.

The eyewitness video from PETA’s investigation: 

Warning extremely shocking particularly in the beginning I couldn’t watch. You can just listen and not watch for details but that is distressing enough.

For more details please read the following information from PETA which I recently received by e-mail

“PETA’s latest eyewitness investigation, at Willards Rodent Factory, a breeding warehouse, and Jurassic Pets LLC, a pet store in Colorado, revealed horrific conditions, systematic neglect, and the pervasive suffering of thousands of animals. Witnesses found animals languishing and dying in cramped, putrid enclosures filled with days’ or weeks’ worth of feces—often with the full knowledge of the owners and management. Based on PETA’s evidence, the Thornton, Colorado, Police Department executed a search warrant at Jurassic Pets that allowed them to rescue some of the mammals, reptiles, and amphibians there.

Despite having extensive evidence of persistent, widespread cruelty to animals for more than two months, the Adams County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) has not helped the thousands of animals at Willards Rodent Factory, which is owned by Lynn and Kenneth Kubic.

The Kubics and their workers admitted to “whacking” rats and mice—swinging them by the tail and hitting them against surfaces in an effort to kill them. Hundreds of rats and mice drowned at Willards Rodent Factory when the tubs housing them flooded, while others—most frequently those who were ill or injured—were thrown outside to be torn apart by cats.

The Kubics failed to provide effective veterinary care or euthanasia to scores of ill and/or injured animals—including a rat whose face was apparently chewed off, a hedgehog whose infected eye was neglected for so long that it shrank and lost all vision, and reptiles with mucus oozing from their mouths. Thousands of fish and hundreds of other animals perished—with many left to rot alongside live animals—and ailing survivors were routinely thrown into the freezer to die.

Please take a moment today to urge the ACSO to end animal suffering at the Kubics’ hands by seizing all animals from Willards Rodent Factory without further delay.

The filthy, stressful conditions uncovered at these facilities are typical of what PETA’s investigations of the pet trade have documented again and again. The most important thing that you can do to help end this cruelty is to refuse to shop at stores that sell live animals.

Thank you for your compassion for animals and for your willingness to take action.”

Please take action if you have not already done so


In Defence of Rats and Mice:

Rats and mice are highly intelligent, as intelligent as your dog or cat. Like your dog or cat, rats and mice learn and respond to their names. They excel at learning and understand concepts, their memories are outstanding; once rats learn a navigation route, they never forget it. Both rats and mice are social creatures, they form strong bonds with one another and sleep curled up together. Rats are good mothers and like many animals they are playful creatures.

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Tortured Animals: Help Stop the Horror of Vivisection

“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t…The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.”

Mark Twain

Please take five  simple actions to help bring and end to animal experimentation. Please take as many actions as you can, most petitions require a  only signature and comments are optional though more effective.


I agree with Mark Twain that there is no justification whatsoever for vivisection – experiments on live animals. Besides many such experiments are scientifically meaningless , such as the barbaric experiments on baby monkeys at the University of Washington. Also these days many cruel experiments can be done by the use of alternative methods that do not involve cruel animals tests

Please sign the following petition:

Stop the atrocities at the baby monkey lab at the University of Washington and shut it down for good.

The University of Washington performs shockingly cruel experiments on monkeys involving the drilling of holes into the skulls of live monkeys and implanting coils on their eyes – I shudder to contemplate the horror of this. Other routine experiments include inducing convulsions, suffocation and torturing babies while still in their mother’s womb causing deformities. Also psychological cruelty,  such as tearing baby monkeys from their mothers to study the resulting psychological damage.

If after all this sickening abuse the babies survive they are killed at one year of age.

Tax payers in the USA paid these vivisectors $18 million between 2010-2011 and another $12 million to other labs to breed baby monkeys.

Please help stop these atrocities now. This lab and others like it are nothing more than places of torture for defenceless animals.

Please sign the petition and share widely, let’s get this lab shut down and end this appalling treatment of these intelligent sentient creatures.

“Other schools, including Harvard University, have been forced to shut down their live animal experiments — if enough of us speak up, we can get the University of Washington to do the same.”

Read more details and sign the petition:

Experiments on living thinking feeling animals are just so horrendous, so cruel, so inhumane, cold-blooded and callous. One has to ask what kind of person conducts such obviously painful experiments on a living being. These monkeys must scream in agony, there can be no denial surely that animals feel pain. Monkeys are highly intelligent creatures who share 99 percent of our DNA. Even if they were not as intelligent, all animals feel pain and experience fear and consequently suffering. Any creature with a brain and any kind nervous system will suffer pain.

Take Action

Of course monkeys are not the only animals who undergo the agony of vivisection, for example here in the UK over 3118 Beagles were used in over 4693 experiments throughout 2012 and thousands were bred specifically for this purpose.

Please sign the following petition:

More information:

Please read – Baby Animals and Their Nursing Mothers Are Living (and Dying) in Horror at UK Lab

According to the BUAV, some of the many issues the investigation exposed included tests being carried out on puppies as young as four weeks and kittens as young as eight weeks before they were killed and dissected and nursing mothers being senselessly killed after their young were taken away too soon, while some of the other animals who were used were “allowed to suffer the full extent of the symptoms of serious and even deadly diseases.”

One particularly heartbreaking scene shows a tiny beagle puppy who is screaming in distress as a researcher attempts to deliver a lethal injection, but is unable to get a vein because they’ve been so damaged.

Please read more and sign the petition.  If you use the following link to sign the petition rather than the one included in the second link you will be able to add a comment which is more effective.

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Please don’t overlook the most abused of all lab animals – rodents, such as rats and mice. Sadly there is less sympathy perhaps for these creatures. In the USA alone over 100 million mice and rats are killed in laboratories every year. There are no laws to protect them from any and every kind of painful abuse
imaginable  – for most sensitive caring people unimaginable.

Warning some people may find the following video upsetting.

Please watch if you can, this may make you think differently about mice and rats who need our help to bring about an end to their torture as much as monkeys, cats or dogs. Ninety-five per cent of animal experiments are performed on rats and mice.

“Mice and rats are affectionate and clever and would risk their own lives to save their friends.”

Who Cares About Mice and Rats?

More information

Mice and Rats in Laboratories

Take Action:

Please take the following action which is recommended in the above PETA web Page:

You can help make a difference for these vulnerable animals by urging your members of Congress to amend the Animal Welfare Act to include protection for mice and rats. – scroll down to send an online letter. Please personalise if you can, but send as it is if for some reason this is not possible.

I am not sure if only people living in the USA can take part in the above action.

Rats and mice are sentient beings,  they are mammals like monkeys, dogs and humans; they have a brain and a nervous system so feel pain and suffer like you and I or your pet dog. Such treatment of other living creatures is inexcusable, a crime against a sentient being. What right have humans to torture any creature. Animals exist to live out their own lives in their natural environment, they are not here for our benefit for either our use or abuse.

Gandhi once said:

“I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.”

Links with more information

BUAV – British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection – “Our vision. To create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals” Lots of action you can take to bring about and end to vivisection.

The National Anti-Vivisection Society – The National Anti-Vivisection Society, founded in 1875, is the world’s first body to challenge the use of animals in research and continues to lead the campaign today. Again many opportunities to take action against animal experimentation

Recent Newspaper articles concerning animal experiments at Universities

Durham University

This prestigious university tortures and murders 8,000 animals

Durham University is facing a call to end animal tests, after using 8,000 in labs last year, an increase of seventy per cent

“Such ill treatment of animals does not reflect a civilised society where other species merit respect.

Sophie Kennerley, the AVC’s director of communications,

The Anti-Vivisection Coalition (AVC) claims animals have died, been seriously injured and mistreated in labs at the North’s leading university.

The campaign says documents obtained under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act reveal rabbits have suffered lacerations, swellings, abscesses, mastitis and obesity, fish have suffered fungal infections and died and vets have expressed concerns over the conditions of rats following surgery.

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Professor Chris Higgins, the university’s vice-chancellor, said its use of animals in research work is strictly regulated and it strives for the very highest standards of care and wellbeing for all animals.

Torture is still torture regulated or otherwise.

The Anti-Vivisection Coalition

AVC Press release:




Durham one of the UK’s least bloodthirsty universities!

Tab research reveals that over 1 million animals are killed by British universities every year.

More about Mark Twain and Animal Rights

View the entire letter – the source of  the opening quotation –  to the London Anti-Vivisection Society, May 26, 1899 written by Mark Twain  who strongly opposed Vivisection