Cross your heart, hope to die, stick a needle in your eye
Awakening with a large needle in your eye, you realize you have been stripped from your mother and thrown into a small cold cage. A few hours later, you begin to go blind: something grabs you, another needle is pierced into you once again, and you start to fade away. Countless animals awaken to the same grim fate. They have no idea what is happening or what they did to deserve this treatment. Every day, every hour, and every minute, a laboratory test animal dies from horrible product testing. It is estimated that 72 animals are needed for just 1 product to be tested (“Proctor & Gamble” 2). While medical capabilities have advanced to the point where a cure for cancer could be right around the corner, yet an ancient practice is still being exploited. Old traditions die hard, but there are many alternatives that are starting to catch on that could end animal testing and at least lessen the pain on lab animals. While alternatives are the main focus, the true nature and meaning of animal testing is in need of knowing. Vivisection is the technical term for “animal experimentation” (“What is Vivisection?”). The two main types of animal testing or “vivisection” are cosmetic product testing and disease/illness tests. These include make-ups, shampoos, other toiletries, finding vaccines, and inflicting animals with diseases to track the outcomes. The so-called purpose of this testing is to note the reactions of the products when applied to the animal and approve them for human use. The cruelties of these tests are beyond the human imagination. Companies like L’Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor and Gamble continue to claim they are “family” orientated while they test on millions of animals each year. China is the main export receiver of these company’s products. The European Union (EU) is banning the entrance of products that are tested on animals into the EU area (“Cosmetics and Household…”). In return if the...
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