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Animal Abuse - Animal Testing

Updated on December 7, 2014

He was running and playing in the yard when a stranger came along. The stranger approached him and grabbed him. He was surprised but the stranger held him tight and he couldn't get loose. He was thrust into a van with no escape. Oh he cried but no one could hear. Suddenly the stranger appeared again and took him from the van. He thought things might be okay but then he was put in a cage. The cage had no solid floor and the wire hurt his feet. He cried again but no one cared. Soon a lady came and gave him a needle. He could feel the heat of the liquid coursing through his veins.

As it traveled through his body he began to itch. He couldn't really scratch because the itch was everywhere. When the itch reached his throat he felt as if his throat was closing up. Within minutes he was dead.

He was a little dog taken from his owner and used for research or so they say.

Caged Beagle


Animal Testing

Here I am again, writing about a subject that burns a hole in my heart. Its called animal testing, animal experimentation or animal research but it all boils down to the same thing. This testing ranges from drug and developmental biology to cutting up or dissecting animals to further research for humans.

Something new? Not nearly. As far back as the 1600s man has been using animals for his own benefit. They are used for research and experiments. While there are many pros and cons the question remains, is it humane? Are animals that anatomically aligned with humans? Do animals suffer? Are their lives wasted? Over twenty-six million animals are used in research each year. Admittedly many of them are mice or rats but where do we draw the line, don't mice or rats suffer? They are still animals.

I intend here though to focus on dogs. Yes, they are still used in research.



From the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

What assurances exist that stolen or lost pets are not used in research?

While some research requires that dogs and cats are used, the vast majority of laboratory animals are rodents specifically bred for research. Nearly half of the dogs and cats needed for research are also bred for that purpose. Since state laws and local policies prevent many animal pounds and shelters from providing dogs and cats to research facilities, animal dealers are the primary source for the other half of the animals scientists require. These dealers must be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and must adhere to Animal Welfare Act standards of care. Both dealers and research facilities can obtain dogs and cats only from specified sources and must comply with detailed record-keeping and waiting-period requirements. In addition, USDA conducts unannounced inspections of dealers and research facilities for compliance to help ensure research animals are not missing pets.

The "Purchase" of Dogs

Dogs are often purchased for testing. The purchase is sad enough in itself, dogs that are homeless or living in shelters soon to be destroyed but also dogs like the one I started this hub with. Animal protection groups have certainly decreased the dog snatching of old and researches claim their procurement of dogs is on the up and up but .... that means abandoned dogs, dogs in the pound...Thirty-six states legally allow shelter or stray dogs to be used for animal testing. Further, research facilities pay up to $2,000 for a dog and $1,000 for a cat, quite an incentive to sell some poor animal.

In 1990 the Animal Welfare Act was amended to prohibit the use of stolen pets in research. Proof of purchase or ownership had to be provided when submitting a dog for research.

I have yet to see the law (or Act) that isn't broken. I would hope most reputable research facilities would follow the law (which by the way, is the legal way to kill dogs) but there is no guarantee. There are dogs now procured from "Class B" dealers. These dealers buy (or snatch) dogs and hold them for a few days before selling them to be used for experiments.

There is no "legal" way around this in my mind. Did you know there are also dogs that are bred for research? These dogs never see the light of day, some never leave their cage! Among the most popular are beagles. They're small, easy to handle, and a good model of human's biology.


Abuse in Animal Testing

Beyond the obvious horrors, in my research I found that some labs remove the dogs' vocal cords so the barking doesn't bother the technicians. There has been further research by an LA journalist that states there are also facilities where the dogs are beat and kicked.

Human diseases are recreated in the test animals. This is done through invasive surgery, burns, force feeding, food, water, and social deprivation, implanting electrodes in intestines, prolonged restraint, to name a few.

Did you know that the anti-cruelty laws of many states do not include research animals?

Do you think animal testing should be stopped?

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What's to be Done About Animal Testing?

Through extensive M.R.I. testing on non-sedated dogs (dogs that were trained to allow the M.R.I.) one Gregory Berns, Professor of Neuroscience and author of "How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain.” stated that this testing showed that dogs, and probably other animals, seem to have emotions. He said this testing showed that dogs may have feelings equal to that of a human child.

Here are some examples of what you can do to help stop animal testing:

  • PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) runs by donations, any amount will make a difference.
  • Stop buying products that use animals to test their products.
  • Tell others about the horrors of animal testing.
  • Go to to receive the latest information about the Physicians Committee’s work to reform toxicity testing.
  • The five most active organizations fighting to stop animal testing are; PETA, Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, European Coalition to End Animal Experiments, and the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing .... visit any of their websites.

The time has come to end the cruelty. Anything we can do whether it is signing a petition or posting information on our Facebook page, is another step in the right direction.

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Joseph, thank you for your comment. Please forgive me for the length of time it took to answer you, I somehow missed your comment!

      Thanks Kristen. So much animal abuse in so many different ways.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Mary, I'm all for animal rights and against animal testing. More power to you in this useful hub to get the message out there. Voted up!

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      Joseph Garea 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thank you for writing this hub.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      You are certainly welcome Sherri. I truly hope this hub spreads far enough to open other eyes.

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      4 years ago

      Great information. This is a sad story, thanks for giving some ideas and places to start to change these actions.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      So very, very important--sending this everywhere!!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Sgbrown, I actually read that there are better ways but for some reason no one seems to be interested. We have to keep our voices heard to stop this inhumanity. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sheila Brown 

      4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I think the use of any animal for drug testing is a cruel and inhumane act. Testing should never be done on animals. There have to be other ways to do testing without hurting any animals.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Yes Vellur, it isn't just the US that is involved in this cruelty but it is time we instigate change.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      It is really very sad that animals are abused in the name of testing. The laws should include animal testing in all states and countries. A great hub highlighting a very important subject that has to be dealt with by all of us together.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      You're welcome Dragonflycolor. My prayer is it helps, even if its just one or two animals, it's a start.

      Effer my dear, you are certainly right, we ARE on our own and heaven help us. We certainly need to help our animal friends in any way we can. Corruption is everywhere and yes, "we the people" are getting the shaft. I just hope this touches some hearts and somewhere makes a difference. Thanks for the votes GF.

      Mike, it was almost too sad for me to write! Thanks for the comment, it says volumes.

      DD you are so right, there are certainly other ways!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and so sad for the animals the hurt experiments should be stopped. Another approach is definitely needed for this purpose.

    • mckbirdbks profile image


      4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This article is too sad for me to make a coherent comment.

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Til.....It should be dreadfully apparent by now what KIND of government we we can be less and less pleased or proud of....thanks to the thugs in office....all the way from the local yokel schmuck to the BIG schmuck on Pennsylvania Ave & everywhere in between.

      If greed, power, money & deceit is involved...there they are. The "People" (you remember...those creatures originally intended to be the MAIN focus of the government?) Nature & animals? We're ON OUR OWN.

      Excellent despite disturbing, GF...........UP+++

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      4 years ago

      Great hub and very informative. Thank you for bringing more awareness to animal cruelty.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Genna, I wish I had that option in high school. I can remember looking at that poor frog and almost crying. My fellow students laughed at me saying, "its dead what are you worried about?" That, however, was the issue, IT WAS DEAD! Someone had to kill it.

      I really hope we can change things but like everything else, it has to be done one step at a time however, we need to do take giant steps to get it stopped. Thanks for the votes and shares.

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      When I think of the abuse, torture and death of these innocent animals, it makes me physically ill – and furious! Massachusetts has a law allowing students to refuse to participate in classroom experiments that involve dissection, or any other act that is harmful to an animal. Yet, Harvard and Boston U labs still use laboratory animals for research. It is inexcusable. Kudos, Mary, on this article. I hope everyone has noted the things we can continue to do to raise awareness, and become involved in the efforts to change this terrible practice. Voted way up and shared.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Carter it is a tough hub to write and read but I'm hoping it makes a difference. Have a good day.

      Frank you know me too well. It took me days to write this hub because I had to keep walking away. Thanks and bless you for your rescued pets!

      Sweetpikez I'm hoping all pet owners are responsible pet owners and hopefully they love their pets as much as I love mine. I couldn't imagine! Years ago a relative had a dog stolen right out of her yard and it took years to get over it. Hope you enjoy your day too.

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      Pinky de Garcia 

      4 years ago

      Dear tillsontitan,

      I was catched by the topic you have in here. I'm a pet lover. I hurt seeing news about animal cruelty. Your story on how dogs and cats are used for testing broke my heart.

      Pity for the abandoned animals. Indeed, responsible animal keeping must be practiced by all pet keepers. Leaving or abandoning pets means killing them.

      Your hub is not just a campaign against animal abuse but at the same time a calling for responsible pet owners.

      Thank you for sharing this. I will definitely share this to my social media account.

      Have a good day,


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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      burns a hole in your heart? Destroys my heart!!!! All the pets I have were saved.. but test animals find it even more difficult to get suitable homes... it is appalling... just so you know I read this piece earlier..but couldn't muster a comment... I bet your research must have kicked you around... bless you Til

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      4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh gosh I would be bereft if that happened to my little guy.. really informative hub here Till and really sad that its still happening.. Cheers

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Eric In our high school frogs were already dead! I was horrified then and I still am now. There should be no line, we are all God's creatures.

      Jaye the testing and research is mind boggling. Man's inhumanity and cruelty is like some sadistic novel. It is hard to believe it is reality. Kudos to you for following through and being a voice for animals.

      Always exploring the more I research and learn the sicker I feel. There was a Youtube video about animal testing I couldn't even watch.

      Sha it is not only appalling it is unbelievable. What kind of government do we have anyway? Let's raise animals so we can torture and kill them. I can't stop thinking about them, learning more, and doing what I can. I hope people buying pets this Christmas are truly committed to those pets for the pet's lifetime.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Mary, this is appalling! The USDA actually licenses dealers to raise animals for the purpose of testing????? What?

      I am an advocate for animals. I've (long ago) quit buying P & G products because they use animals to test their products.

      It seems I have more homework to do and you've provided the resources.

      Sharing this and spreading the word. Thank you for bringing the depth of animal cruelty to our attention.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Removing the vocal cords so the technicians would be spared their noisy barking, this made me furious. How can anyone be so cruel and uncaring? People act as if animals have no feelings, when the fact is they feel love, they suffer when harmed. Thank you for a heartwrinching account. I watched a video where they were growing organs, a large rat has a perfect human ear growing on his back. I have a friend who has a pig's valve in his heart, some will say that is good, but is it? Shared on huppages and twitter.

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      Jaye Denman 

      4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      The idea of animals being used to test cosmetics and other personal care products (a practice I equate with abuse for frivolous purposes) nearly incites me to riot! But the use of animals even in medical/pharmaceutical testing is often either not the only or even the best way to learn the outcomes of medications or medical practices.

      I read about a very cruel use of animals at a teaching/research hospital in my own city for which there was a non-animal-use test that was not only available but preferable yet wasn't being used. I signed an online petition against it and also wrote a letter of protest to the program chairperson asking him to stop the practice and outlining the alternative.

      We should do whatever we can to stop animal testing, even if all we are able to do is add our signature to a petition or give a donation to PETA or another reputable organization trying to stop these practices. Not doing anything when we're aware of animal cruelty is unacceptable. I'll admit--reading about these horrors is heartbreaking, but knowing they exist is far worse. Thanks for providing awareness of animal abuse through this hub, Mary.

      Voted Up+++ and shared


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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I stole a frog from 10th grade biology class to save it from dissection. I wonder if the still do that. Pulling worms out to dissect also seemed strange to me at the time. I just do not know where we draw the line.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Martie I wholeheartedly agree. With all of our knowledge and advancements there has to be a better way especially since animal and human physiology are not a perfect match.

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      Martie Coetser 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Abusing animals for the benefit of humanity cannot be right, fair and just. Experiments should be done in another way. Heart-touching hub!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Dogmama that is an excellent point and good addition to my hub, thank you.

      Bill, as always, you're right. I read comments by people saying they didn't understand what the big deal was, they are only animals...but then there are people who kill other people! I'm going to keep trying to spread the word and maybe, just maybe I can reach a few. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Any animal lover will agree with you, Mary. I would hope that all human beings with a heart and a thimble full of compassion would agree with you. I would hope that, but I am not so delusional as to believe it.

      Keep spreading the word and raising awareness...this is an important topic.

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      Judy Ward 

      4 years ago from Hutto, TX

      And if you love your dog, NEVER leave him unsupervised for long hours or even all day. That makes them vulnerable to dog thieves who look for dogs like that to steal for testing or dog fighting "bait dogs."


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