What I Think: As a person who has preferred to conduct research on lab grown breast cancer cells, I couldn’t bear to dismember a mouse to study effects of X, Y or Z on its body. Why: I find mice cute, and I love animals.
BUT, as a scientist, I know for a fact there are so many regulations in animal testing, the animals are really well taken care of though their whole existence. If it wasn’t for animal testing, drugs would have far greater risks and diseases would not be cured.
In order to carry out any animal research, in a University, one must file extensive paperwork containing extremely detailed information about your research and why you find it necessary to use animals.
This application process weeds out any research which does not benefit the world. As I said before, the animals, firstly are not ones caught on the streets, they are genetically modified and are not capable of survival in the “wild” (or their expected habitat). Any surgeries or procedures are performed with proper sterilized methods and humane standards such as appropriate anesthesiology procedures and if surgery was performed, post surgical care.
If a lab is not practicing and following the laws of these animals, they will be shut down.
Do I think there can be a better way? What, a human clone which can respond and determine if a person will have adverse reactions to a vaccine, drug, or cosmetic? No, that’s a bit too sci-fi for me. Would a biological-robotics tool which helps us determine the safety of products or help carry out research without harming any living thing be the best alternative, sure!
Until then, though, we cannot ignore the fact that animal research is one of the only ways for scientists to help make inferences about potentially life saving techniques, drugs, etc.
As far as cosmetics go, I’ve not come across any products that say “We test on animals”. Unless all these major companies are lying, I fear that we, the consumers, are the lab animals in a great experiment. And all of these lovely lipsticks and creams are slowly killing us, no need for Mickey Mouse from cage #12 to tell us that, just look at the ingredients.
End of rant.
The Vintage Cat
“A young woman was restrained, force-fed and injected with cosmetics in a high street shop window as part of a hard-hitting protest against animal testing.
Jacqueline Traide was tortured in front of hundreds of horrified shoppers in a bid to raise awareness and end the practise.
The 24-year-old endured 10 hours of experiments, which included having her hair shaved and irritants squirted in her eyes, as part of a worldwide campaign by Lush Cosmetics and The Humane Society.
The disturbing stunt took place in Lush’s Regent Street store, one of the UK’s busiest shopping streets.
Jacqueline appeared genuinely terrified as she was pinned down on a bench and had her mouth stretched open with two metal hooks while a man in a white coat force-fed her until she choked and gagged.
The artist was also injected with numerous needles, had her skin braised and lotions and creams smeared across her face.
Passers-by were gobsmacked to see Jacqueline, a social sculpture student at Oxford Brookes University, forced to have a section of her head shaved.
The gruesome spectacle aimed to highlight the cruelty inflicted on animals during cosmetic laboratory tests and raise awareness that animal testing is still a common practise.
The Humane Society International and Lush Cosmetics have joined forces to launch the largest-ever global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics.
The campaign, launched to coincide with World Week for Animals in Laboratories, is being rolled out simultaneously in over 700 Lush Ltd shops across forty-seven countries including the United States, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Russia.
Lush campaign manager Tamsin Omond said: “The ironic thing is that if it was a beagle in the window and we were doing all these things to it, we’d have the police and RSPCA here in minutes.
“But somewhere in the world, this kind of thing is happening to an animal every few seconds on average.
“The difference is, it’s normally hidden. We need to remind people it is still going on.”
For more information about the campaign, visit www.fightinganimaltesting.com”
I HOPE EVERYONE READS THIS AND REBLOGS IT!