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Give Them a Voice: World Week for Animals in Labs

Give Them a Voice: World Week for Animals in Labs

Today marks the start of World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL), which is being celebrated this April 17-24 by In Defense of Animals, along with the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society and the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research.

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 lack empathy or compassion.

The silent majority among biomedical researchers debate this issue heatedly with their colleagues who perform these acts of cruelty. At its heart, they say that causing injury or illness contradicts the search for health and healing.

Many are stepping forward to question the validity of using animals in experiments. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in the UK suspect selective reporting on anything that might be deemed as a positive result, and not on failures, is skewing scientific and public views on the effectiveness of using animals as human models and treatment efficacy.

While some may make the argument that we would be missing many benefits of modern medicine if animals hadn’t been used as test subjects, there have been just as many failures, if not more. According to the FDA, 92% of drugs that show promise in animals fail in clinical trials, making the continued use of animals unjustifiable not only on an ethical scale, but on a scientific one as well.

Worse even, are the drugs that show promise in animals and get approved for use in humans, about 11 percent, only to cause more havoc. Thalidomide caused thousands of birth defects and deaths. Vioxx caused heart damage in humans. The list goes on, Eraldin, Opren, Clioquinol, Isoprenaline, Rezulin.

There’s an even more extraordinary list of experiments done in the name of “progress” that seem almost too full of ridiculousness to even be real. Yet, they passed rigors of oversight committees and received federal funding, and lots of it. 

IDA compiled a list of some great examples of bad science. You might be relieved to know that trapped rats will, indeed, freak out and that castrating your children is, in fact, a bad idea.  Oh, also? Exercise is good for you and vaginal stimulation just might be pleasurable.

It’s long past time to move on to innovative and cutting-edge scientific methods that don’t involve animals. There are alternatives. It’s up to us as individuals and as a society to get involved.  

Visit the World Week for Animals in Labs campaign to find events and anti-vivisection campaign information.

Send a letter to the director of the National Institute of Health asking him to fund promising research that doesn’t involve the use of animals. 

Get loud with your cash. Check for the animal-friendly Leaping Bunny symbol on products from cosmetics to household cleaners, or make your own non-toxic cleaning supplies

Sign Care2’s petition to support the Great Ape Protection Act, which will end invasive research practices on great apes and grant those in labs retirement to sanctuaries and send a letter to your representatives asking for their support. 

Take a minute to speak up for lab animals by contacting Obama through the Office of Public Liaison on the need to move away from using animals in research. It’s time for the new administration to pull the financial plug on cruel and wasteful research.

If you’re looking to donate to a charity, give and let live. Visit the Humane Seal for a list of organizations that use progressive non-animal research methods for a number of causes from cancer and Alzheimers disease to trauma treatments and substance abuse. 

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1:33PM PDT on Oct 22, 2010

Another article in support of sanity. Thank you.

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man."
St. Francis of Assisi

11:28PM PDT on Aug 31, 2010

In this day and age where there is fancy technology for everything - surely they dont need to be testing on animals still?!?!

6:04AM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

Noted and Signed

6:37AM PDT on May 25, 2010

Just one more demonstration of how humankind's conceit has overblown itself without even a thought, or god forbid, a feeling. Apparently, some of us believe that often, for obscenely lengthy time periods, we torture, mangle, and intentionally cause pain to animals-innocents, who we should be protecting, and nurturing. A book I recently read, hit on "professional torturers" in South America during some of the coups, and cocaine wars. The torturers were trained almost from childhood. Suddenly, I realized, we have professional torturers too, but we tell ourselves, "it's in the name of science," or , "In the interest of medicine, etc." Studies have shown that many projects based on animal torture/vivisection proved themselves to be a failure directly because they relied so heavily on the animal torture.
Then, there is my heart. It strains at this moment; the rescues I have done, (I volunteer at a no-kill shelter, Defenders of Animal Rights), to see them when they come in, and the ones that don't make it. Something inside tells me that humans are the most defective species. We are killing them so fast and we are too self centered to notice their quiet love and wisdom.

11:06AM PDT on May 23, 2010

this is horrible there has to be another way to do their research and whatever they have to do WITHOUT hurting animals!!!!!!!!!

11:45AM PDT on May 7, 2010

animals don't belong in research labs.
they didn't do anything to deserve that type of treatment. i don't know how the people who perform those tests live with themselves

2:44PM PDT on May 6, 2010

aw please prevent this disgusting act by man kind. this should not happen at all.

2:43PM PDT on May 6, 2010

aw please prevent this disgusting act by man kind. this should not happen at all.

2:42PM PDT on May 6, 2010

aw please prevent this disgusting act by man kind. this should not happen at all.

12:42AM PDT on May 6, 2010

noted and signed!
When the human beings keep on going like that, the ballance of the nature will be destroyed and also ourselves! Life is precious, when we respect this, automatically everything will be at the right place. This is the perfect ballance and we will fight for it to make it understanable!

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