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Speak Up for Lab Animals this Week

Speak Up for Lab Animals this Week

“Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are like us.” Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are not like us.” Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.” – Charles R. Magel

With that in mind, today marks the start of World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL), which is being celebrated by In Defense of Animals, along with other groups.

WWAIL is dedicated to bringing attention to the cruel, wasteful and unnecessary experiments performed on the millions of lab animals who suffer intensely and die alone and afraid behind closed doors every year.

Not only do many of these tests inflict pain and suffering for no reason, but the animals also suffer at the hands of caretakers who can’t be bothered to muster up any form of kindness, the likes of which can be seen in cases such as the New Iberia Research Center’s primate abuse.

On the good news front, animal testing has taken some blows with events like the EU banning animal testing for cosmetics. Additionally, researchers are coming forward like some at Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others, who are working on developing substitutes to replace animals in testing such as cell structures that can substitute as human organs. 

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to help, find out of there are any WWAIL events in your area and take a peak at the Leaping Bunny and Go Cruelty Free websites for more information on being a caring consumer.

You can also support efforts that call for change as the new administration is evaluating budgetary spending by contacting Obama through the Office of Public Liaison to voice your opinion on the need to move away from cruel and wasteful animal testing. 

 

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2:00AM PDT on Apr 28, 2009

Ah Lori K., That is disheartening to hear. It's sad that although there are many with the best of intentions against vivisection, it is much harder to support & show our intentions than we'd hope. Though I live in So. CA, the location of the protest is still over 2 1/2 hrs away, with limited accesss to transportation to get there. Also, it's not well puplicized to support such issues. That's what makes changing such issues so difficult to change.

Special interests & Gov. officials control the majority of issues in need of change, with the funds to keep these issues in practice. It seem Public opposition isn't enough unless there is enough funding to back it up.

But every bit of awareness helps.

And I, along with everyone I know will support the Fight Against "the cruel, Wasteful and Unnecessary Experiments performed on the millions of lab animals who suffer intensely and die alone and afraid behind closed doors every year", the best we can.

When I hear of a Hyannis criminal having his head decapitated & his brain disected to help find a cure for distemper in dogs, there is No Justice in experimental research.

12:46AM PDT on Apr 28, 2009

(contd...)

Oh gosh Kelly, another psycho-babble supporter of cruelty to animals in the name better treatment for mankind. That's a Comfortable Concept for people like you and Pharmaceuticals, but outdated and unnecessary In this Day & Age.

You State that "every 9 seconds a child dies from a Preventable Illness". That was my point exactly when describing my Father's scenario, but You Missed it Completely. People All over this greedy, selfish, narrow minded Planet are Dying from PREVENTABLE ILLNESSES.

Proper Treatment, Access to Useful Dr's, Medication & Equiptment WOULD save the lives of those dying from Preventable Illnesses, But it's not Happening. And Torturing more Animals isn't going to make it happen any faster or save those save lives of those with Preventable Illnesses unless it is "the luck of the draw".

As for researchers needing live reactions to Experimental Treatment, I'm Not Opposed to conducting Experiments Which Will Benefit man kind (but most aren't), Just Use CONVICTED Hyannis CRIMINALS for the Experiments, Not helpless, trusting Animals, which are Still Non Conclusive to Actual Human Reactions.

12:45AM PDT on Apr 28, 2009

Case and Point that the miracle tissue modeling IS available to negate all animal testing, by using child molesters, murderers & every other hyannis criminal. The moment
Is Now Available, but researchers AREN'T rejoicing, because it is not COST EFFECTIVE, and Hyannis Criminals Undeservedly have More Rights than Helpless, Innocent Animals.

If I picked up a Stray and had to choose between my tax $$ paying to experiment on a Hyannis Criminal or the Stray, Damn right I would choose the Criminal EVERY Time.

So your psycho-babble of my "misdirected anger" is not only a misinterpretation of my post, but proof of your narrow minded support of animal experimentation.
(to be cont...)

3:24PM PDT on Apr 27, 2009

COMO PUEDE SER POSIBLE QUE HAYA GENTE TAN INHUMANA QUE HASTA AHORA PIENSEN QUE LOS ANIMALITOS NO MERECEN NINGUN TIPO DE RESPETO, NO TIENEN NINGUN DERECHO A HACERLES DAÑO, BASTA YA DE TANTA CRUELDAD HACIA ELLOS, BASTA YA DE PENSAR QUE PUEDEN HACER LO QUE SEA CON ELLOS, ELLOS SI ESTAN AQUI ES PORQUE DIOS ASI LO QUIZO ELLOS TAMBIEN TIENEN UN ESPACIO Y UN PROPOSITO AQUI EN LA TIERRA, RESPETEMOSLOS ELLOS TAMBIEN MERECEN VIVIR Y SENTIRSE BIEN.

10:52AM PDT on Apr 27, 2009

Felicia T, you seem have a lot of misdirected anger. Also, please do not blame me for making you 'relive' these events. Step away from the computer, you do not have to reply to my every comment.
I am sorry about your father, and I understand about insurances as I fight them nearly every day for our patients. I watch our cancer patients beaten down with disease a& wonder why there is even an argument about doing all that we can to try to save their lives. They are mothers, daughters, sisters, brothers, fathers and sons. They are the humanity around us, and they all deserve our help as much as animals. I am not condoning bad practices, I am saying that until we do reach a point where we can eliminate all animal testing (and we HAVE NOT reached that point yet) than we must do every single thing we can to help people suffering with disease.
You say we shouldn't try to live forever-well every 9 seconds a child dies from a preventable illness, largely from diseases like malaria & bacterial infections. Grow up and realize the world is bigger than you and pharmaceutical rivals.
I will say again, the world is not so black and white as you try to make it seem. There is no miracle computer program or tissue modeling available to negate all animal testing. The moment it is available I can guarantee that researchers will rejoice with you.
The hate-filled speech in this comments section makes me sad for the future of all of us. If you want tolerance you should practice what

3:36AM PDT on Apr 25, 2009

I am a vegan yes, i don;t beleve in any form of animal abuse or cruelty and that includes eating dairy or meat products.

2:09AM PDT on Apr 25, 2009

Please stop experiment on animals! they are god creature same as we are! they deserve to live too! we should do research and experiment without harming and killing animal!

2:21PM PDT on Apr 24, 2009

I'm just curious, Lori, Soodle, are you guys vegan?

12:07PM PDT on Apr 24, 2009

Lori K, you are so right, so many people go on and on about the cruelty towards animals, but they never do anything in action, actually take action themselves they just talk, that is no good we are the voice for the voiceless and we muct do somehthing other than rant on about it. that is terrible that only that many showed up, where i live they don;t even hold many stuff like that, so its abd enough.

12:01PM PDT on Apr 24, 2009

I protested vivisection at Cedars Sinai Hospital last night, as part of World Week For Animals. How depressing! Only 20 - 30 people showed up.
This is Los Angeles, a city with millions of people. It was from 6:00 - 8:00 P. M., so it was after work for most people. Where were they? So many people complaining about animal mistreatment, so few people unwilling to give 2 hours to hold a sign in front of a major animal research facility to point out the torture occurring within its walls. How sad.

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