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Methods utilizing in-vitro research, advanced technology, computer and mathematical modeling, epidemiology, genetic or clinical research, and even autopsies or post-marketing drug surveillance not only can replace the need for animals, but have also been determined to be more accurate in their results.
How can inhumane actions legally be performed on laboratory animals in this country, in this day and age? In the U.S., we have the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) as protector of animals. However...the guidelines outlined within it regarding research animals specifically pertain to the care of lab animals prior to and after testing - nothing is stipulated about what treatment is acceptable in between. Labs are essentially free to do as they wish to the test subjects during testing.
The end result is torture and mutilation of animals. Their cries of suffering go unheard. Knowing we don't even need to be condemning rodents and small animals, cats, dogs, pigs, and chimpanzees to inhumane treatment - it's time to end such practices, don't you think?
This is "Be Kind to Animals" week - a good time to consider beginning new habits that benefit animals. What can we as individuals do?
Stay current, become aware of current campaigns against these vile practices, join protests, sign and share petitions as you learn of them. Avoiding the patronizing of businesses that utilize testing on animals is a way to speak with your wallet - and can be a very effective one, too. Check out Leaping Bunny for an excellent list of companies and products that are kind to animals.
While we're on the subject - right here in the Chicago area Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently pushed through a sweet deal with Experimur, a "toxicology testing and research" business (they do testing for Big Pharma). Offered $3.7 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds, a percentage of this firm's future profits will allegedly be passed on to the City of Chicago. Great. On the backs of suffering animals our "city with big shoulders" here is attempting to manage its finances. Check out the link - it's right there on their site which animals they test on.
Progress can be very slow...