Most people think that animal experimentation is done because there is no other alternative, and it is necessary for human disease research. We aren’t told that most research is actually useless research, even by animal testing standards. Tobacco is still tested on animals, and research is still done to see if alcohol is bad to drink in pregnancy. Even products that are already on the market, like Tylenol are tested on animals.
You are not told that most experiments have already been done before several times, and can be easily replaced.
And the public is not told how inaccurate and even animal testing is for humans. Each species reacts differently. Even chimpanzees, who share 98% of our DNA, do not predict how a human will react. For example, they don’t get AIDs from HIV. Sheep can tolerate more arsenic than we can, penicillin was kept off the market because of results in rodents, DES, Vioxx and Thalidomide were all approved after animal testing with disastrous consequences. Vioxx caused 60,000 human deaths in the U.S alone. The FDA estimates that 92% of drugs tested on animals and fund to be safe and effective, fail in human clinical trials.
Many of these experiments have been going on for years, even decades, like Harry Harlow’s maternal deprivation experiments in baby monkeys. He would take babies away from their mothers and put them in isolation or ‘the pit of despair’ also called the ‘hell of loneliness’ for up to two years. He would have baby monkeys bond to machines built to stab them or blast cold air at them to see if they would still love these abusive ‘mothers’. They did. Maternal deprivation experiments continue today, when we already know the importance of the mother-infant bond.
This little guy is called Britches. He was taken out of a lab (UC-Riverside) in 1985, by the Animal Liberation Front. His eyes had been stitched shut.
This is him after that contraption experimenters put on his little head was removed:
You could be forgiven for thinking this was something no longer done, but you would be wrong. In fact, it seems a rather common experiment, with even the March of Dimes sewing the eyes of kittens shut. Worst of all, the experimenters admitted in their protocols(which the ALF also removed) they could have studied blind children instead in their own homes, but they didn’t want to do the driving. It was easier to torture Britches instead. Britches had a happy ending. The stitches in his eyes were removed, and his eyesight restored and he was adopted by a mother monkey. Very different from what researchers had planned for him. In a few more weeks, they would have killed him.
No experiment on animals is prohibited, no matter how painful, nor is painkillers required. Some animals are so disturbed they mutilate themselves:
This cat was subjected to an invasive head experiment:
Animal testing is far from necessary, it is dangerous, and cruel. Even if it did help humans, we don’t have the right to make other species suffer for us.
What you can do:
By only cruelty free household products and cosmetics. http://www.leapingbunny.org
Donate only to health charities that do not fund vivisection. You may be surprised at who does. Even organizations devoted to the blind, deaf or world hunger can fund it.
Protest animal testing whenever you can! Join a demo near you, and let your local university know how you feel about animal testing.
Support legislation to ban animal testing.