Sickening Medical Experiment Blasts Animals in Eyes to Mimic Shrapnel Wounds
Animal testing research facilities are responsible for the mutilation, experimentation, and murder of billions of animals every year, yet little is known about what goes on behind closed doors, or even where this testing is happening.
In the UK, the University of Birmingham alone carries out tests on more than 42,000 animals per year under guidelines which stipulate that animal testing is legal providing there is no alternative option.
The question is, who gets to decide whether there is no alternative option, and does this make the procedures acceptable?
Simulating Shrapnel Wounds on Rats
The university has been conducting experiments on rats where they shoot them in the eyes with plastic bullets to simulate shrapnel wounds that service men and women receive in battle.
A document from Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science states that “a 0.095g spherical plastic pellet was fired using compressed air that directly impacted the inferior scleral surface at 20 m/s…Groups of test rats and uninjured control rats were killed at five, 24 and 48 hours post-ballistic injury by anaesthesia.”
Chris Magee, head of policy at the Understanding Animal Research group showed his support for the experiments by saying that “the point of the experiments was to find out why blunt trauma eye injuries lead to diminished eyesight and blindness,” adding that animal rights groups had a “lack of comprehension” of the situation.
There’s No Humane Way to Mutilate Animals
The reason animal rights groups are against the notion of animal testing and experimentation is that there is no way of justifying the extreme violence and cruelty which is inflicted on animals in the name of medical advancement.
Dr. Andre Menache, scientific advisor for the Animal Justice Project explained that the “University of Birmingham researchers subjected female rats to a lifetime of confinement, and undoubtedly excruciatingly painful procedures…These futile warfare experiments should be condemned and the researchers who carried out this appalling experiment should never be allowed to inflict this kind of suffering on animals again.”
A university spokesman has tried to diffuse the situation by saying that “the University will always ensure that any animals used are humanely treated,” however there’s no way to shoot an animal in the eye with the intention of severely injuring it in a humane way. This is the type of PR spin that has led us to where we are today, with widespread acceptance of animal brutality in the name of medical advancement.
No Place for Animal Testing in a Civilized Society
If the public were given full and honest details about the exact procedures, quantity of animals being used, and the effectiveness of the tests, there is no doubt that the vast majority would be outraged at what is going on in medical testing facilities around the globe, and would voice their opinions against it.
Legal or not, there is no place for this type of intentional violence and abuse of animals for our own personal gain in a civilized society.
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