Not only is University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill student Bindhu Pamarthi in the running for the title of Miss North Carolina—and then perhaps Miss America—she also has beauty where it counts the most. Yep, you guessed it: in her heart.
Bindhu is using her exciting new title of Miss Johnston County 2012 to spread the word about the horrors of animal testing and the importance of buying only cruelty-free products by visiting local elementary, middle, and high schools. You can check out her experience on her website here, where she also recently detailed a phone call that she had with a U.S. Department of Agriculture rep regarding the fact that mice and rats are completely exempt from the Animal Welfare Act:
Just to be certain that I was interpreting correctly, I [laid] out a hypothetical scenario. I asked “If there were a company that was treating mice abusively in their testing, are you saying that it would be legal?” She said they would have no authority to investigate.
Mice and rats—who have nervous systems very similar to our own—feel pain, fear, loneliness, and joy just as we do. But they are abused in the most barbaric ways, including being poisoned to death in toxicology tests, having cocaine and methamphetamines pumped into their sensitive bodies, being burned and electro-shocked in pain experiments, being forced to grow cancerous tumors the size of their own bodies, being mutilated in experimental surgeries, and even being terrorized in anxiety-, depression-, and helplessness-induced psychological experiments.
Awesome work, Bindhu! Way to take a stand for mice, rats, and all animals suffering right now. Readers, make sure that you and everyone you know has a copy of our cruelty-free shopping guide!