Animal Testing

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Imagine living inside a locked cage, having no control over any aspect of your life. You can’t choose your food, how your times spent, with who your times spent. Imagine sleeping in your own waste, filth and dirt. Imagine having your freedom and life taken away. Imagine your innocent self being forced to intake toxic chemicals, being poisoned, infected with drugs, burned and even cut. Did you do anything to deserve this cruel punishment? Well, neither have the animals tortured behind laboratory doors used for research and testing. These tests evaluate how toxic our consumer products may be. Other tests are for medical or physiological research. But Animal Testing isn’t just giving a mouse a pill to see what it does. It’s much more than that. Not only is Animal testing cruel, but with modern techniques it is completely unnecessary Animals in laboratories across North America are kept from public view and there are very few laws that protect them. The Animal Welfare Act, in the U.S is the only law that sets the minimum standards of care for animals at laboratories. It is in fact very ineffective. The AWA unfortunately excludes over 95% of the animals the law should be protecting. Instead the act tends to set more superficial concerns like cage size, toys and anesthesia. The law allows animals to be burned, shocked, isolated and brain damaged. Every year, millions of defenseless animals are poisoned, blinded and killed in animal testing. You may believe that animal testing is for a good cause, but the pain that these animals are put through isn’t worth a new brand of toothpaste, shampoo or lip gloss. Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and other animals are forced to swallow huge amounts of a test substance, enduring the pain of a chemical eating away at their sensitive eyes and skin. Is another hairspray or toilet cleaner really necessary? These animals are infected with diseases- mice growing tumors as large as themselves, rabbits are purposely blinded, and rats are made...
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