We are all animals. You, me and even a turtle are animals. However, human beings tend to disregard that all living organisms are technically equal and therefore should be created as equal. Thus, one should not harm or exploit the other for the sake of research. I am talking about animal testing—the bane of inhumane behavior exerted by humans in attempt to lower or eliminate the risk of conducting a dangerous product. Scientists need to stop wasting the lives of animals not just because of the fact that experimenting on them is unnecessary (there are alternatives), but also because it is inhumane and often inexplicably cruel.
Millions of animals such as mice, rats, rabbits, cats, dogs and primates are held captive in laboratories across the country enduring painful procedures that are performed on them in the name of science. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) exposes many of these laboratories to make their unjust actions known. On their website, there are many investigations you can read about and videos you can watch that will make you hate animal testing and other industries that support it. PETA promotes cruelty-free companies and even though they expose those who wrongfully use animals, they often announce when a laboratory stops using animals for research as a way to show progress.
Is It Worth It?
‘Cruelty’ is the keyword that defines the reputation, or reality, of the animal testing world, but there is another element to it. Animal testing is not 100 percent guaranteed to be effective. The experiments are often ineffective since animals do not get many of the diseases humans do such as HIV, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and many types of cancer. Because of this difference, animal testing laboratories attempt to mimic human diseases by artificially inducing signs of them. But, those diseases are extremely complex and cannot be mimicked. Thus, animal testing is not reliable, making any reasoning behind practicing implausible and morally invalid.
An Example: SNBL
PETA provides horrifying videos to show just how awful animal testing is. For example, they investigated Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL) to find out if the shocking allegations made about them were true. An inside source in the lab decided to contact PETA after seeing abuse. It was found that SNBL tormented their animals by intentionally force-feeding them chemicals that would kill or infect them with debilitating diseases.
This laboratory snatches nearly 3,000 primates from China, Cambodia and Israel each year. The inside source witnessed these primates suffer from being experimented on while being handled violently and aggressively. Workers intimated the monkeys and abused them physically and psychologically. Any lab that practices animal testing alone, or in such an awful way like this is asking for a lawsuit. Eventually someone will catch on. That someone will be that inside source who does the right thing and says something to draw attention to a huge social issue like this.
The Leaping Bunny
Cruelty Free International believes there is no rational or moral justification to experiment on animals. They have created an internationally recognized logo to indicate when a product is cruelty free, and therefore is not a product of animal testing. They monitor companies’ supply chains to make sure they meet the Leaping Bunny criteria. If the findings of PETA scare you, start looking for the Leaping Bunny logo when you shop.
To Contest Animal Testing, Go Vegan!
All in all, PETA promotes a vegan lifestyle as a result of their heart-wrenching findings. Being vegan is a way to stand behind the lives of animals who have undergone or are undergoing animal testing. If we do not eat them, we do not test on them. This means supporting all sorts of vegan products. Would you go vegan in order to protest against animal testing? Even though we are not consuming the animals being tested on (at least I do not think we are) they are still being severely harmed. Standing against animal cruelty is a huge aspect of being vegan—it is not all about food.