For years, state fisheries have used a painful
and deadly test on mice to study whether shellfish caught for human consumption
contain a lethal concentration of algal toxins. In these tests, a sample of
shellfish is mixed in a blender, and this slurry is injected into the abdomen
of mice, causing them to suffer seizures, paralysis, and death from suffocation.
Following years of work on this issue both in the U.S. and in the E.U., PETA learned of a promising method developed by
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that will prevent the slow, painful
deaths suffered by mice for shellfish toxicity detection. When PETA became
aware that an FDA scientist had successfully developed a drastically more
humane replacement method for detecting these deadly toxins, PETA jumped at the
chance to fund this new method and ensure its use. The new test will save thousands of animals, is scientifically
superior, and is vastly less expensive.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.