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Animals Used For Testing

Animals Used For Testing

Every year, tens of millions of animals in the U.S. are used in biological and medical research that is both cruel and largely ineffective. Animal research is generally recognized to be costly, time-consuming, and unreliable, and much of the research is neither appropriate nor applicable to humans.  New technologies provide us better, more relevant answers without causing animal suffering.

  • Animals suffering in labs all over the world routinely have chemicals poured into their eyes, cigarette smoke pumped into the lungs, cancerous cells injected into their bloodstream and are forced to undergo surgeries while fully conscious.
  • Psychological experiments include removing babies from mothers, intentionally inflicting brain damage, and similar “tests” to measure sanity or behavior.
  • Neurotoxicity tests are often used to study the effects of pesticides and primarily involve spraying or injecting toxins on and in hens and rats.
  • Carcinogens are cancer causing agents. In labs animals are intentionally  given carcinogens either given orally, on the skin, via inhalation.
  • The federal government allows up to 50% of the subjects to die from the tests or procedures while still declaring success. That means that half of the animals tested on are allowed to suffer and die, without consequence. This is referred to as LD50.

Fortunately, as people become aware of this there is a growing demand for products that are produced without any animal testing. And it’s super easy to identify these cruelty-free products — just look for the Leaping Bunny logo, or “Not Tested On Animals” on the label.

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