Why Does Animal Testing Break My Heart?
When I was 12, my Dad died from a heart attack. To this day, he was the funniest man—and the biggest meat eater I’ve ever met. My Dad loved trips to the McDonald’s on the corner, eating ice cream by the gallon every night, and frying up bacon and eggs every morning—with a tall glass of milk, of course.
My Dad was overweight, had heart disease, and diabetes—can you guess why?
My Dad was on every medicine you could imagine for being diabetic, or having heart disease, but he was also a big Polish guy, who came from a family who had always eaten meat. Sure, he heard bits on the news about vegetarian meals or eating blueberries to help this or that disease—but no doctor ever told him exactly what the cure was for being overweight and sick. In November 1999, his diet caught up with him, and he died at the age of 43.
Right now, monkeys in Charles River Laboratories, in Mass. are being “fattened up” to be sold and tested on, mutilated, and killed to find the “cure” for diabetes and other “obesity related diseases”. What does this have to do with my Dad? He wasn’t alone. He’s one of millions of people every year who die of diseases that are preventable—while scientists (the guys we trust) are blinding, poisoning and killing animals in labs to find a way out of telling people to simply stop eating animals. A vegan diet has been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as cancer and stroke—not to mention, a vegan diet helps to reverse diabetes! Why didn’t someone tell my Dad this, or the millions of others? Why are animals still being killed in useless, cruel and wasteful tests while people continue to die?
I love animals, and I love my Dad—and the proof is clear that animal testing is profit driven, cruel, and tragically wasteful. The sad fact is, companies make money off not only selling meat to consumers, but also off of torturing animals to cure diseases caused by eating unhealthy food. The truth? Animal testing takes lives, it doesn’t save lives.
Why does animal testing break your heart?