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.

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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.

 

Like humans, rats are very social animals and they need companionship in their lives.

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Rats are scavengers by nature and will eat pretty much anything they find, but healthy rats far prefer peas over cheese.

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Speaking of eating … we dare you to look at this guy and not be overcome with cuteness!

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Rats are friendly and very curious little creatures, anyone who has kept as rat as a companion knows they love to curl up in tiny nooks and cuddle.

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Don’t let their tiny heads fool you, these little guys are packing some major brain power!

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Rats possess the same ability as dogs to think critically and puzzle through situations .

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You would think that after years of forcing these little guys to run through mazes, people would appreciate their intelligence!

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While they can be serious,these guys are really just looking to play.

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Did you know that rats have families just like we do, and love to have fun with their friends? Studies have shown that rats even laugh when they’re tickled!

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Despite the fact that rats are dynamic, intelligent beings, they are  afforded very little protection from harm. Rats and mice not even protected by the Animal Welfare Act. 

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So now that you know all this about rats … do you still think they deserve to be tested on?

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