Rats are often labeled as dirty, creepy, pests, and a number of other terrible things that make humans believe that rats are not worthy of our time or care. The pariahs of restaurants, sewers, and subways, rats are ignored whenever possible, and sadly, killed when they are noticed. Rat traps are a rather ubiquitous staple in any basement or old building, but this is not the only way that humans act out against these four-legged critters.
It is estimated that 100 million rats and other rodents are killed in U.S. laboratories every year. Used for a wide variety of tests and experiments ranging from toxicology to psychological tests, rats suffer a lifetime of pain, torture, and fear in the name of “science.” While many people are outraged to learn that animals like cats and dogs are used for lab tests, but the rat is sort of a “given” for the type of animal that would be used for such horrible experiments. Rats can’t speak for themselves, and due to their bad reputation, there aren’t a whole lot of people willing to speak up for them.
But contrary to popular belief, rats aren’t filthy pests, they are intelligent, social, and emotional beings. So, let’s take a look at some rats prove these creatures deserve to be loved, not tortured in labs.