Animal testing should be eliminated

Animal testing should be eliminated

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Katie Weiss started this petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and

Animals and humans are alike in many ways yet animals' rights are violated when they are used in research because they are not given a choice. Animals are subjected to tests that are often painful or cause permanent damage or death, and they are never given the option of not participating in the experiment. Animals do not willingly sacrifice themselves for the advancement of human welfare and new technology.

More than 100 million mice and rats are killed in U.S. laboratories every year. They are abused in everything from toxicology tests (in which they are slowly poisoned to death) to painful burn experiments to psychological experiments that induce terror, anxiety, depression, and helplessness.

When humans decide the fate of animals in research environments, the animals' rights are taken away without any thought of the quality of their lives. Therefore, animal experimentation should be stopped because it violates the rights of animals. Next, the pain and suffering that experimental animals are subject to are not worth any possible benefits to humans. 

When animals are used for product toxicity testing or laboratory research, they are subjected to painful and frequently deadly experiments. Two of the most commonly used toxicity tests are the Draize test and the LD50 test, both of which are infamous for the intense pain and suffering they inflect upon experimental animals. This test is intensely painful for the animal, and blindness, scarring, and death are generally the end results. The Draize test has been criticized for being unreliable and a needless waste of animal life.

The LD50 test is used to test the dosage of a substance that is necessary to cause death in fifty percent of the animal subjects within a certain amount of time. To perform this test, the researchers hook the animals up to tubes that pump huge amounts of the test product into their stomachs until they die. This test is extremely painful for animals because death can take days or even weeks. The animals suffer from vomiting, diarrhea, paralysis, convulsion, and internal bleeding.

It saddens me that the helpless creatures are dying. You do not know how an animal thinks or feels but, if humans were being tested on it would wrong most definitely. The animals have no free will or choice and it is time for a change.

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