Animals get injured, live through pain, and are sometimes left to suffer or die. Those are reasons why this remains a controversial topic (“Animal Testing”). Although the use of animal testing has contributed to life-saving treatments and curing humans, animal testing is cruel and inhumane, the tests that pass on animals aren’t necessarily safe for humans, and alternative testing now exist that can replace animal testing.
Rabbits, mice, rats, monkey’s, cats, and dogs, the animals used for testing, are put through “force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, prolonged periods of physical restraint, infliction of burns and other wounds to study the healing process, infliction of pain to study its effects and remedies (Humane Society International).” For example, the Draize eye test, which is used my most cosmetic companies to assess shampoo’s and other products irritation, uses rabbits, which are incapacitated in stock, with their eyelids forced open for multiple days with clips so they can not blink away the product tested (Rodrigo Netto Costa et al). In the year 2010 the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported 97,123 animals were suffering through pain during the experiments with out being given anethesia for relief. This included 1,365 primates, 5,996 rabbits, 33,652 guinea pigs, 48,015 hamsters, and 8,065 mice (“Annual Report Animal Usage by Fiscal Year”).
I can not watch any of these video’s as it breaks my heart to see what these animals have to go through. I sign every petition that comes my way and I have my friends sign them to. Thank you Peta for stopping the madness.