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Why Does Animal Testing Break My Heart?

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Posted October 7, 2009 by Rachelle Owen

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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?

Stay loud!
-Rachel
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  • 1649 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My great aunt had the same thing happen to her. She died before I was born but my family said that I would have loved her.

  • 2114 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It was extremely interesting for me to read the blog. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything connected to them. I would like to read a bit more soon.

  • 2143 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Rachel,
    Just a quick message to say well done for writing this article it really hits home and you speak the truth. If only more people could see the truth and realise scientists that test on animals are like cavemen barbaric thoughtless killers

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    because animals might be the reincarnation of god

  • 2155 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m sorry to hear about your dad.
    Thanks for sharing that. And it’s so true – why are animals being hurt and killed in unnecessary experiments, especially when something like switching to a vegan diet could help prevent many of these conditions?

  • 2155 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thanks having written this story
    you are right, Animal testing takes lives, it doesn’t save lives

  • 2155 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Rachel, I love you. :)
    Your dad is in a better place now, and I know he would be proud of you. Your articles are the most well written in my opinion. You’re one of my heroes!
    Rachel, I love you. :)
    Your dad is in a better place now, and I know he would be proud of you. Your articles are the most well written in my opinion. You’re one of my heroes!
    <3
    Alex.

  • 2155 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I hear you Rachelle. My dad died of colon cancer at 56 years old. He also ate lots of meat, dairy, and other animal laden foods. If people would just change their diets they could save millions of tortured animals from labs and save themselves as well.

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