So there is a big myth that experimenting on animals is necessary to finding solutions to human health problems: That is bull sh*t!
Testing on animals actually does little to help with curing cancer or other illnesses and actually gets in the way of discovering effective treatments.
And where do many of these experiments on animals take place? In laboratories located on college campuses.
Every year, millions of animals in laboratories across the nation are kept in barren cages, electro-shocked, poisoned, socially isolated, cut open, starved, crippled, and intentionally inflicted with brain damage in nightmarish experiments. They live in fear and agony and are usually killed once the experiments are over.
No experiment, no matter how painful or useless, is against the law—and painkillers are NOT required if the experimenter doesn’t feel like giving them to the animals.
Animal experimentation is estimated to be a $15-billion-plus-a-year industry.
So how do they justify this cruelty? Well, as long as animals are being experimented on, universities will continue to receive grants and federal funding, no matter how useless the test results are. More than 90 percent of discoveries from experiments on animals fail to lead to treatments of human diseases.
Curiosity-based experiments: Experimenters who conduct curiosity-based research are recognized for how much they publish (i.e., how many animals they torment) rather than the contribution that each study makes toward scientific or medical discoveries.
For example, since 2008, a postdoctoral student now at Yale University has been trapping wild songbirds and forcing them to undergo painful and frightening procedures in chronic-stress experiments. The experiments involve confining the birds to a cloth bag, rolling them around on a cart so that they can’t perch, restraining them, rattling their cages, and inflicting wounds without painkillers before finally killing them.
However, these experiments are useless to humans and even to our understanding of birds in general, since species vary widely in their physiological responses to chronic stress.
Financed by the federal government and with grants from other sources, curiosity-based experiments are done in the hope that they’ll be published in scientific journals as a sort of “show and tell” so that experimenters and universities can continue to receive funding.
Medical experiments: Animal experimenters attempt to find cures for human illnesses—or in other words, waste funding, time, and animals’ lives—by artificially inducing human illnesses in animals, even though research has proved that animals are poor models for the human body.
The results from experiments done on animals are highly unreliable, irrelevant to human health, and do not contribute to medical advancement.
And guess who pays for them? You do! This industry continues to gobble up funding from taxpayers and charities because that $15 billion annually used to torment animals has to come from somewhere, right?! And meanwhile, experimenters conveniently ignore the more accurate and cost-effective non-animal methods that are available.
What You Can Do
- If your college is involved in animal testing, speak up and let it know that you disapprove. If you or someone you know works in your school’s laboratory, contact us if you see something wrong.
- Always buy cruelty-free makeup and household products. Buying products that don’t harm animals is super-easy, and you’ll feel good knowing that none of your purchases contributed to an animal’s suffering. To find out if a product is cruelty-free, check out our database or one of our shopping guides.
- Say no to dissection in schools. If you’re in high school or middle school, find out if your school or state has a dissection-choice policy, and if it doesn’t, let us know. We’re here to help you.
- Join PETA! We’ll keep you up to date with the newest information on cruelty-free products and ways to help stop experiments on animals.
- Share this post with your friends and family and help us expose this billion-dollar, animal-abusing industry.