YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT, BUT YOU NEED TO
All right, gather around and buckle up, because I’m about to drop some tough truths on you guys. I don’t normally push my beliefs on others, but I feel like this is important enough for me to break my rule. Today’s post is about animal testing.
WARNING: I’m gonna talk about some sick stuff here, and the links I will give my best guess of content rating as far as graphicness level. Please try to stomach it if you can. You need to know what is happening.
[This doesn’t even cover what happens in the meat industry(R-X)]
92% of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials because they are too dangerous or don’t work.
Labs that use mice, rats, birds, reptiles and amphibians are exempted from even the minimal protections under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
Up to 90% of animals used in U.S. labs are not counted in the official statistics of animals tested.
Let’s learn about some of what I consider the more horrific facts about animal testing:
First some vocab:
Draize test [PG-13] - one of the most common tests used in animal testing, particularly cosmetics testing. It is used to gauge how much of an eye irritant something is. They add it directly to the eyes of animals and measure how much damage it does, often leaving many animals in agony and/or blind.
LD50 [PG-13] - The traditional LD50 (lethal dose 50 percent) toxicity test forces animals, often rats and mice [PG] [though not always (PG)], to ingest chemicals to determine the dose that resulted in the death of 50 percent of the animals. After the experiment is concluded, the surviving animals are either killed or recycled into another experiment for more torture.
Pound seizure [PG] - animals who arrive at the pound are required by law to be turned over to laboratories for experimentation on demand if they are not reclaimed by their guardian or adopted out - still in effect in some animal shelters.
SICK FACT: Draize testing is most commonly done on bunnies[PG-13] because their lack of tear ducts mean they cannot naturally flush out the irritant, but it is also done to mice, beagles,[PG-13] and other animals.
YOU CAN HELP STOP IT
While I would LOVE to see you all writing government officials and protesting, I know not everyone can or is willing to do so.
But every time you buy something from a company that isn’t cruelty-free, you’re funding that cruelty. You can cut off their funding by simply choosing a different product!
I’ll even do half the work for you. Here is a list of companies that test on animals. Please avoid them!
And here is a list of companies that are cruelty-free!
These lists aren’t exhaustive, so always simply check your products before you buy. If they are cruelty-free, they will say so!
If you’re into organic things, I’m also gonna make a plug for a couple of my favorite companies, Sierra Sage Organics (also known as Green Goo), and Yes To, Inc. (a.k.a. Yes To Carrots). Their products are cruelty-free and work great! :3
If you have any questions or need any suggestions in regards to products, let me know!
Also, to get this info for you guys, I had to sift through a LOT of disturbing shit, so if anyone wants to send me pictures of happy, healthy animals enjoying life, I would greatly appreciate it. ;_;