If you're like most people, you were probably horrified to see news
footage of dogs locked in metal chambers, convulsing and dying, as
al-Qaeda terrorists pumped toxic gases into the chambers. You'd probably
be even more horrified to know that your tax dollars fund the same
experiments by the federal government right here in the U.S.--and not
just at the Defense Department.
As unbelievable as it may seem, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) requires by law that pesticides be
tested on dogs, who are shoved into "inhalation chambers" where they try
in vain to escape the deadly poisons that are pumped in. The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) requires companies marketing fluoride
products to swab the teeth of 200 rats with the test substance for two
weeks, at which time the animals are killed and their heads baked in an
oven for an hour.
While both the EPA and the FDA require massive amounts
of animal testing for the marketing of industrial chemicals, vaccines,
and drugs, other U.S. agencies that require and/or conduct animal
testing include the Department of Agriculture, the Consumer Product
Safety Commission, the National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences, the Department of Transportation, the National
Toxicology Program and the military.
A lethal poisoning test invented around the time of World War
I—in which animals are force-fed increasing doses of a chemical until
they die--is still the single most common animal test in use today.
Government regulations still require chemical manufacturers to squirt
burning chemicals into rabbits' eyes and onto their shaved skin.
government-mandated tests kill more than 2,000 animals every time they
are conducted. And not a single one of these animal tests has ever been
formally proved to be relevant to or able to accurately predict human
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.