Raising awareness for some of the most vulnerable, misunderstood and under-protected members of our animal family - the rat.

Take the Virtual Exhibit Tour

On Exhibit

Currently on display at the San Francisco SPCA

The exhibition will bring together images depicting rodents throughout art and popular culture.


The exhibit will travel throughout 2016 with art education workshops scheduled at each location. Attendees will participate in hands on art events, encouraging empathy for all animals through creative artistic opportunities with locations in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco.

Contributing Artists

Send in your Small Animals Unite! poster design

Inviting all artists to create a design honoring this amazing underdog of the animal world.


From Moscow to Cambridge, artists and designers in support of rats and small animals have been heeding the call and submitting their designs for the Rattie Uprising. 

Join our exhibit and send in your design. The posters will be on display throughout the traveling exhibit.

Create a poster, print or image that shows your support for small animals. Our goal is to create positive and powerful images that show small animals as fascinating individuals and to create advocates of all ages for rats.


Students and folks of all ages and artistic merit are encouraged to apply!

Your Design Should:

-Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 18" RGB image at 300dpi (3600 by 5400 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG

- Include rodent imagery prominently

Your Design Should NOT:

- Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images should be your own or available under a creative commons or other similar license.

- Use imagery that shows violence, malice or cruelty toward any animal

Submit here:

Expand the Animal Welfare Act Now!

When is an animal not an animal?

Making up approximately 95% of animals used in laboratories, rats and mice suffer in the millions at universities and research institutions.

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA), adopted in 1966, is the only Federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. Offering very weak protections, the AWA is not intended to regulate how animals are used in this research, but only to regulate how they are obtained, maintained, housed and fed.  However, in 2002, the Act became even more restrictive and, in a brief amendment as part of an Agricultural Appropriations bill, excluded rats, mice, as well as birds. Why?! A 2011 government factsheet claims that rats and mice “are bred for use in research or for use as animal food, and are therefore exempt from coverage under the AWA.” For scientists, they are equipment or supplies. For these researchers, they are things listed in catalogs, they are things disposed of when their usefulness is done, they are numbers and figures: They are not animals like you or me,

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All artworks are copyright of the artists 
© 2019 The Rattie Uprising/ David Walega

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