Should I feel guilty about taking prescription drugs since all of them have been tested on animals?

PETA advises making kind choices, whenever they’re available to us. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandates that prescription drugs be tested on animals. So unfortunately, whether you take these medications or not, this cruel testing will continue. PETA is urging the FDA to remove this archaic requirement—which was instituted more than 50 years ago—and instead adopt animal-free, human-relevant research methods that better predict drug efficacy and toxicity than crude animal tests. PETA is also urging the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to do the same and stop wasting our tax dollars on useless experiments on animals. You can help by asking your congressional representatives to mandate that NIH fund research that uses only animal-free, modern techniques to develop new drugs and other therapies.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind