“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act will refrain from harming animals.”. León Tolstoi
Vivisection or animal testing
Each year, more than 100 million animals suffer and die in cruel chemical, cosmetic, drug and food tests; in biomedical and military experimentation; or practices in education, usually academic, where the term dissection is used.
In laboratories, animals are mainly used for toxicity test (Draize test, the LD50 Dermal and Oral Toxicity tests; Immersion studies, injection and inhalation tests). Animals are subjected to lethal doses of all kinds of ingredients, to allergenic and irritation tests – skin ulceration, inhalation tests and injection of toxic, biological and chemical weapons, to resistance to lack of atmosphere or gravity, medicines and drugs, and even food for pets. Many of these tests are not even required by law, and often produce inaccurate or misleading results. Even if a product does not hurt animals it can be marketed.
Is it ethical to use animals for experimentation?
Using animals to experiment and get cures or vaccines for humans is as arbitrary as using a particular group of humans (e.g., those with blond hair to solve the problems of people with dark hair).
Our skin, eye colour, our sex, the species to which we belong, all features are irrelevant when it comes to considering someone’s interest in not suffering and enjoying their life. The only important thing here is the possession of such interest, regardless of race, sex, intellectual abilities or species to which an individual belongs.
Animals are individuals who deserve our respect since they have the ability to enjoy and suffer. If we consider that humans should not be subjected to laboratory tests against their will, nor should we allow those who do not belong to the human species to be subjected to harm They, like us, posses an interest in living, being free and not being victims of torture.
Animals mainly have the interest to be free from torture. Animals do not want to be isolated and caged. Animals want to escape from death. The experience of pain, the emotions that many vivisectionists argue not knowing if an animal has, flood the whole consciousness of the animal, even more than in humans, as it cannot be alleviated with abstract reasoning that enables the hope of release.
Many animal advocacy groups through undercover investigation have managed to show the horrors that lie behind the walls of laboratories. Therefore, animal testing finds an increasing rejection -in society and also within science for several reasons: ethical, economic and even biological/health, for its cruelty to sentient beings, the danger of the extrapolation of results from one species to another (as in the case of AIDS), and its questionable “need”; when alternative to animal testing methods have begun to be used in science laboratories as well as in the classrooms of future scientists. For information on alternatives to animal testing click here.
What can be done?
Each of us can help save animals from suffering and death in experiments by purchasing products free from cruelty, donating only to charities that don’t test on animals, seeking alternatives to animal dissection and demanding that government agencies and corporations implement immediately non-animal tests.
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