Medical Testing on Animals


Every year, nearly 100 million animals die in research 
laboratories at the hands of curious scientists who perform outdated 
and inaccurate tests that prove no benefit to humans or animals. 
Before these animals die, they are routinely burned, scalded, 
poisoned, starved, given electric shocks, addicted to drugs, subjected 
to near freezing temperatures, dosed with radioactive elements, driven 
insane, deliberately inflicted with diseases such as cancer, diabetes, 
oral infections, stomach ulcers, Syphilis, herpes, and AIDS. Their 
eyes are surgically removed; their brains and spinal cords damaged, 
and their bones broken. The usage of anesthesia is not mandated by 
law, and consequently, thus is rarely administered. Despite all of 
this cruelty, not a single disease has been cured through vivisection 
in this century. The overall adult cancer rate has risen in the past 
40 years and a fatal heart attack strikes a person every 45 seconds. 
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 70-80% of the common 
diseases killing Americans are preventable given a responsible diet 
and lifestyle. Drug testing on animals is inaccurate and does not 
benefit humans or animals at all. Animals including, but not limited 
to, dogs, cats, mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rhesus 
monkeys, imported primates, owls, deer, sheep, llama, and cattle are 
commonly used for vivisection. Vivisection is the medical term for 
the practice of experimenting on animals. Charles River Breeding 
Laboratories, a company owned by Bausch and Lomb, provides 40-50% of 
the animals used in experiments of laboratories. The other remainig 
misfortunate animals come from places a little closer to you and me. 
Some of them come from animal shelters, some come from the "free to 
good home" ads in the classified section of the newspaper, some from 
unsuspecting people who allow their companion animals to become 
pregnant, or even worse, some have been stolen directly from their own 
front yard. Imagine your pet one day being crammed into a cage with 
ten other animals waiting to die like approximately 20-100 million 
other animals do each year in numerous unreliable tests.

 More than 205,000 new drugs are marketed worldwide every year, 
most after undergoing the most common unreliable test method still in 
use: animal vivisection. The current system of drug testing places 
consumers in a dangerous predicament. According to the General 
Accounting Office, more than half of the prescription drugs approved 
by the Food and Drug Administration between 1976 and 1985 caused 
serious side effects that later caused the drugs to be either 
re-labeled or removed from the market. The following drugs passed 
safe in animal experiments but proved tragic consequences in humans: 
Opren: 3500 people suffered serious side effects including damage to
skin, eyes, liver, and kidneys. Thalidomide: Caused about 10,000 birth 
defects worldwide Clioquinol: Caused 30,000 cases of blindness and/or 
paralysis and thousands of deaths

 Conversely, many drugs that are beneficial to humans are 
dangerous or even fatal to animals:

Penicillin: An antibiotic to humans, but kill's guinea pigs.
Aspirin: Caused birth defects in rats, mice, monkeys, guinea pigs, 
cats and dogs, but not humans.

 This is obvious proof that testing on animals is unreliable, but
sadistic tests still go on every day. The Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine reports that sophisticated non-animal research
methods are more accurate, less expensive, and less-time consuming 
than traditional animal based research methods. Fewer accidental 
deaths caused by drugs and treatments would occur if stubborn 
bureaucrats and wealthy vivisectors would use the more accurate 
alternatives such as:

 1. Cell and tissue culture in vitro.
 2. Microorganisms and other species of little or no capacity
 for pain or suffering.
 3. Computer models to answer questions and guide animal 
 4. Fewer animals used per study.
 5. Less poorly planned work.

If animal experimentation was eliminated, it would free up 6.8 billion
dollars that could be used for education programs and medical 
assistance programs for low-income individuals; helping the more than 
30 million U.S. citizens who cannot afford health insurance, rather 
than making animals sick.

 There will be nearly 275,000 animals dead this time tomorrow 
that were not dead right now. The numbers are real and this happening 
in our world every day only because it is a multibillion dollar income 
for some people and is legal in the U.S. The National Institutes of 
Health, the world's largest recipient of funds used for research, must 
be pushed to fund more preventative programs and human based research. 
The problem that we are faced with today is not a difficult one to 
fix. The technology is available for us to use and we should take 
advantage of our advanced alternate methods.


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