Millions of rats, cats, primates, dogs and other animals languish in laboratories across the country. But just a picture one an animal – one monkey or one rabbit – writhing in pain after deliberately contracting a disease or injecting chemicals, covered with gaping wounds or burns, hungry and thirsty, suffering from loneliness and longing to free itself from invasive experiments and terrified every time a person walks past a cage, inside which he is locked.
Laboratory conditions are so bleak that some animals develop neurotic behaviors, such as spinning, pulling their own fur, and even self-mutilation – all of which are in vain because animal experiments are not helping anyone.
PETA establishes clarity and addresses common misconceptions and questions about animal testing.
Why do experimenters use animals?
This is what they have been taught, what they can do and what they are paid for. Despite the purported purpose of their work, some may not be interested in researching new technologies, even if it might actually help people. Animal experiments are an easy way to get millions of tax dollars in funding and get them published in magazines, even if the results are worthless. PETA researched the biographies of some animal experimenters who were convicted of violent crimes, which made us wonder: Could some animal experimenters be psychopaths who use their labs as a cover to legitimately carry out their violent impulses?
Why are hounds used for animal testing?
In laboratories, dogs are mistreated due to their gullible nature. Beagles, in particular, are naturally docile and of an acceptable size. Even when they are abused, most of them do not bite – they cringe, hoping for a kind touch, and their gentleness is exploited by experimenters on animals. At Liberty Research, Inc. PETA eyewitness investigations found workers used a drill to drill holes in the skulls of 30 young hounds so that the plague virus could enter their brains. Some dogs whimpered during the painful procedure, indicating that they had not received adequate anesthesia. They woke up with groans. Probably because of the pain, some hit their heads against the walls of the cage, which caused blood to gush from the wounds.
Nearly 65,000 dogs are tortured in US laboratories every year. They are often forced to swallow or inhale pesticides, or are bred with degenerative diseases. Video footage obtained by PETA shows that experimenters at Texas A&M University deliberately bred dogs to develop canine crippling muscular dystrophy, a disease that destroys their bodies and causes progressive muscle wasting and weakness.
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Are vaccines tested in animals?
Animal experimenters have used mice, ferrets, monkeys, hamsters, camels, rabbits, alpacas, horses and other animals in the hopes of developing vaccines against all kinds of viruses, including SARS-19, MERS-CoV, and HIV. Some of the experimental vaccines received were initially promising, but none have been approved for use in humans. All these wasted lives, hours and dollars made up nothing… To accelerate the development of vaccines against COVID-19, scientists have been allowed to jump directly into human clinical trials without first doing the many years of extensive animal testing that would normally be required. Bottom line: animal tests of the vaccine are unnecessary and don’t work.
What percentage of victims survived animal testing?
Of the tens of millions of mice, rats, rabbits, monkeys, cats, dogs, fish and other animals used in tests every year, virtually none survived. The only federal law in the United States that regulates the use of certain animals in laboratories, the Animal Protection Act (AWA), allows animals to be burned, shocked, poisoned, infected with potentially fatal diseases and viruses, irradiated, isolated, starved, and addicted. to drugs and brain damage. No experimentation – no matter how painful or trivial it may be – is prohibited. If the animal experiences this abuse and trauma, it is killed and dissected or thrown away after the experiment is complete.
Between 2015 and 2019, more than 300,000 animals, excluding mice, rats, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, were subjected to painful experiments without any pain relief. Keep in mind that animals Excluded of the “protection” AWA make up more than 99% of those used in experiments.
Are there any benefits to animal testing?
Nope. A decade of research shows that most animal experimentation never benefits humans. Many of the most important medical advances are related to human research. Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin nearly 100 years ago, remarked: “What a blessing that we didn’t have these animal tests in the 1940s, because penicillin probably never would have received a license, and perhaps the entire field antibiotics would never have been marketed. “
Former Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Elias Zerhuni stated: “We all drank Kool-Aid at [animal experiments], I included. … The problem is, it didn’t work…. We need to reorient and adapt new methodologies for use in humans. ”
Disadvantages of animal testing
Does not work. Diseases that artificially induced in animals in unnatural setting will never be the same as those that occur naturally in people… More than 95% of new drugs that are tested safely and effectively in animals do not undergo clinical trials in humans. For some diseases, the failure rate is even worse: research on cancer drugs has a failure rate of 96.6%, while research on Alzheimer’s disease has a 99.6% failure rate.
And they are wasting lots money. One of the largest sources of funding for animal testing is government grant agencies. The NIH spent nearly half of its nearly $ 42 billion research and development budget on animal torture in 2020. This means that people like us paid for it with our tax dollars.
How long has it been in animal testing?
Humans have used animals for experiments for thousands of years, long before humans realized that other animals, besides other emotions, experience pain, joy, and fear. Violence persists today, not because it is beneficial, but because of deep-rooted archaic habits, resistance to change, and a lack of outreach and education.
Where is animal testing prohibited?
A number of countries have introduced bans on testing certain types of consumer products on animals, such as bans on testing cosmetics in the EU, India, Israel, New Zealand, Norway and other countries. Although they are imperfect, they represent progress. In the UK, animal surgery is illegal for medical students (and veterinarians).
What can we use instead of animals?
Technologically advanced testing methods without the use of animals! There are microchips that use real human cells and tissues to create fully functioning organs so that researchers can test drugs and treatments. Human brain cells, which have been transformed into a “micromole” model, have been used to study tumors, while human tissue constructs can be used to test skin irritation (such as MatTek’s EpiDerm) and to produce and test vaccines.
Clinical and epidemiological studies in humans, methods for the study of human tissues and human cells, corpses, computational models and complex, high-precision simulators of a person and a patient –not animals– all of them can contribute to faster, more reliable, accurate and less expensive research that is not hindered by biological differences that make it nearly impossible to apply animal test results to humans.
How can you help end animal testing
Always buy cruelty-free merchandise, only donate to charities that don’t experiment on animals, ask for alternatives to animal dissection in the classroom, urge government agencies and corporations to use non-animal methods, and urge your alma mater to stop animal experimentation.
Most importantly, convince your representatives in Congress to implement PETA’s strategy to end animal experimentation:
Ask Legislators To Support PETA’s Research Modernization Deal