Floriana Lima Demands End to Near-Drowning Test

In a new video for PETA, Ohio native and Ohio State University (Osu) alumna Floriana Lima — known for her roles in Lethal Weapon, Supergirl, and Netflix’s The Punisher — pulls back the curtain on a laboratory practice called “the forced swim test,” which is used at Osu, the University of Cincinnati, and Case Western Reserve University.

Lima’s narration reveals that in the test — which was developed in the late 1970s and then called a “despair test” — mice, rats, or other small animals are placed in inescapable beakers filled with water. “Imagine being thrown into deep water,” she says. “You try to escape by climbing up the sides, but the walls of the tank are too slippery and steep. You swim frantically — struggling to keep your head above the water, to keep from drowning — but it’s exhausting, and you’re terrified.”

Experimenters claim that the test can measure an
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