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Stop Animal Testing: What can you do?
I am not some crazy animal activist, but I do believe that animals should be treated fairly. Animals are very intelligent creatures, no matter how small their brains are. They feel pain, and I believe they feel a variety of emotions as well. I have a cockatiel, and he screams every time someone walks up the stairs, knocks on the door, or tries to open the door (this is how I know when my husband is home). He does this every single time, and I know that he is letting me know, "Hey, someone is coming to our house!" He also screams if he hears my phone ring, but knows I can't hear it. He has a very distinct scream for this. There have been countless times that I've been in the kitchen washing dishes and he starts screaming. I automatically know that my phone is ringing. It's pretty adorable, actually. Anyway, back to the point. I'm sure many of you own pets, or at least know someone who owns a pet. Would you want your pets to be used in experiments, and be killed afterwards? I think not. But these animals in labs don't have anyone to stand up for them. They suffer every single day, and the whole time are thinking that no one cares about them. Well, I care about them. But I'm only one person, and I can't change the entire world alone. PETA (no matter how insane they are) is trying to make a difference. I'm not saying stand behind PETA, I don't, but I'm saying show these animals that people care about them, and help stop their suffering.
What is animal testing?
Animal testing is used by many companies to determine the effects products will have on humans. Over 100 million animals are killed in laboratories in a year, in the U.S. alone. Some of these animals include rabbits, mice, fish, birds, cats, rats, frogs, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, and monkeys. Not only are these animals used for experimentation, they are kept in confined spaces and barely kept alive. And most of these tests don't even give accurate results, so these animals suffer for no reason.
Albino rabbits are used to test a variety of products. Do you know how these animals are used? These rabbits are put in devices that keep their heads from moving, and the product (i.e. shampoo...) is put directly into their eyes. Over the next 72 hours, or longer, the animals are monitored so the experimenters can determine the amount of tissue loss or damage. Can you imagine if someone did that to your pet? You would be furious. But because these animals are bred in laboratories, many people don't give them a second thought.
Some animals are forced to breathe in toxic chemicals, while others have their skin burned off. Others have their spinal cords broken, or holes drilled into their heads.
These experiments are cruel, and I don't understand how anyone could do these terrible things to animals.
Just to clarify things, I am not a hardcore animal activist, but I see no reason to harm animals for no reason at all. There are many companies that do not use animal testing at all, so why can't they all use similar methods? Another thing to clarify: I eat meat, lots of it. I know that animals are treated poorly and are miserable before they are eventually killed to be eaten, but I already have Celiac Disease, and there are only so many things I can stop eating before I starve to death, guys. Give me a break. In my defense, I buy meat from companies that don't give their animals steroids.
What can you do?
The problem with animal testing is that many people don't know what companies use animals for testing. If enough people stop buying from these companies, maybe they will change their ways. I am being extremely optimistic, most likely, they will continue to test on animals because they are heartless people and just want to make money. However, if you would like to see if your favorite brands test on animals or not, you can visit PETA's Caring Consumer page at: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx
Note: I am not supporting PETA, because I believe sometimes they go a little out of control. And they pick the worst people for commercials. I do, however, think the linked website is extremely helpful for people who want to use cruelty-free products. After looking at this list today, I am going to have to stop using quite a few products.
Other ways to help stop animal testing is to tell everyone that you meet about this, and how awful it is. You can even write to the companies and tell them nicely that you will no longer buy their products if they continue to test on animals. If you want to get really crazy about it, post flyers, write letters to congress, protest, whatever floats your boat.
I hope this has given valuable information to everyone.
Have a wonderful day!