Animal tests are not only inaccurate but also a giant, ridiculous waste of time, money, and lives.
Investigations have found that in order to abduct primates from their homes in the wild and force them to breed in labs, trappers often shoot mothers from trees, stun the animals with dart guns, and then capture the babies, who cling, panic-stricken, to their mothers’ bodies.
Those facts alone are heartbreaking—but animal testing is also just bad science. Often, experimenters do what they call “curiosity-driven research,” which has no real life application. It’s not done to save human lives, but to help further their careers. Other experiments are done just because it’s “the way it’s always been done.”
We wanted to post something in honor of the newly arrived Year of the Monkey and coincidentally, a book on natural history crossed the desk today! Here’s a somewhat odd image of a Mandrill. We looked it up–a mandrill is indeed an “Old World monkey.”