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Why We Should Test on Humans Not Animals

Why We Should Test on Humans Not Animals

Animal testing is unethical, inhumane and completely unnecessary. With so many alternatives available to us, how can we justify the poisoning, burning, shocking and killing of more than 100 million animals each year causing them unimaginable pain, fear and loneliness?

Thousands of animals suffer and die every day in laboratories around the world, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If we truly want to improve our lives and the lives of others, we need to cut out the use of animals altogether.

Why Animal Testing Doesn’t Work

More and more scientists are taking a hard look at the relevance of animal experiments for human diseases and improving our lives. The evidence is showing that we can actually get much better answers about human health and develop much more effective therapies if we use human based tests instead. Some of the main reasons animal testing is ineffective are:

Cruelty Free Alternatives to Animal Testing

Nearly 100 alternatives to animal testing have been discovered, many of which have proven highly effective, highlighting the fact that there is absolutely no need to continue this barbaric and archaic practice. Here are just some of the viable alternatives :

  • In-Vitro – The National Academy of Sciences concluded in 2007 that scientific progress was such that they would “transform toxicity testing from a system based on whole-animal testing to one based primarily on in-vitro methods.”

  • Organs-on-a-Chip – Instead of conducting toxicity tests, drug tests and disease research on live animals, Harvard’s Wyass Institute has devised an effective organ-on-a-chip process in which human cells are used to create mini organ simulations.

  • Human Brain Imaging – Advances in brain scanning and imaging techniques mean that it’s now possible to conduct a wealth of usable data and statistics which is far more useful than the questionable data collected from cutting into the brains of monkeys, cats and rats.

  • Human Blood Testing – Instead of killing hundreds of thousands of rabbits each year in “pyrogen” tests, scientists can now test for fever-causing contaminants in medicines by using human blood samples.

  • Microdosing ­– When test patients are given a microdose of a drug which is well within safe limits, advanced imaging techniques can be used to detect the way the body breaks down the substances.

Many people believe that animals are here for humans to use, and even if we have to sacrifice 100,000 animals in the hope of benefiting one person, then it is worth it. But the truth is that ethical human-based tests will better help our loved ones and save millions of animals annually.

Vivisectors and pro animal testing advocates are running out of excuses. There is a better, more kind way. Show your support by choosing only to buy cruelty free products.

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11:43AM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

9:32AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

Hello Aaron, -Latest research from the University of Eastern Finland finds that eating a healthy diet of fruit , vegetables and fish between the age of 40 to 50 , slashes the risk of Alzheimer's disease by 90 per cent. Foods to avoid are butter , cheese , sugar , eggs , fast foods , and other sources of SATURATED ANIMAL FAT . Meat is a major source of these fats.
Journal of AMA -" The correct balance of GOOD ( HDL) and BAD ( LDL) cholesterol levels in the blood is essential - get the balance wrong and harmful protein deposits called beta amyloid plaques can build up in the brain.
I will not get into PRIONS from meat and blood !!!!!!!!
I think we are in basic agreement bot not totally. There is much that is being withheld .

8:51AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

It is not the high LDL cholesterol that is bad for you, but whatever you did to cause the high LDL cholesterol. "Cholesterol is nature’s repair substance, used to repair wounds, including tears and irritations in the arteries." Of course you will have high cholesterol counts if your body is damaged by your poor diet. Watch Dr. Mercola's cartoon on youtube about "skid marks". This is a satire of the stupidity of allopathic medicine and their use of such drugs like "statins" to treat people.

8:43AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

David, then quit focusing on the "who", and focus on what makes more sense. There are many books on this subject. Cholesterol was originally blamed by association/correlation; but there has been no scientific study that has validated the hypothesis that cholesterol was the cause of the conditions it has been correlated with. We all know that correlation does not equal causation. Cholesterol is produced in almost every cell in your body. Levels of HDL/LDL cholesterol is merely a marker. If your body is high in LDL, this is correlated with bad outcomes. That doesn't mean LDL is bad for you. It merely mean that your body produces more of it when the condition of your body is in a horrible state. Obviously, by this reasoning, statins are completely stupid. Like many drugs, they are treating the symptom of your condition, rather than the cause. How long did it take doctors to realize that suppressing a fever is one of your body's mechanisms for fighting illness? and that a fever should only be suppressed if it gets dangerously high? Same reasoning applies here. By using the statins, you are just suppressing your own body's healing mechanisms.

2:43AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

Aaron, its hard to know who to believe any more. Your comments go completely in the face of what I have read. I am a sceptic about statins and their so called benefits. What is your opinion ?

4:36PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

@DAVID s. Regarding aspartame. I've done extensive research on this subject, and it is the methanol (aka. wood alcohol) component of this substance that causes neurological damage. Wood alcohol is quite deadly to humans at very small amounts, but is perfectly harmless to other animals. Aspartame breaks down into methanol in your body. The aspartame lobby tries to convince the public that methanol is harmless. The argument they use to back this claim is that it is present in natural foods. This is misinformation, because anywhere methanol is found in natural fruits and vegetables, there is ethanol in equal concentration. Ethanol blocks the adverse effects of methanol in the human body. In fact, ethanol is used in hospitals to treat methanol poisoning. Only in fruits or vegetables that have been canned, does the methanol concentration grow beyond that of the ethanol, and it is suspect that this is indeed harmful to humans for the same reason that aspartame is.

4:26PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

@David s. "MYTH: Cholesterol & saturated fat clog arteries.
TRUTH: There is very little cholesterol or saturated fat in the arterial plaque or clogs. Most of the material is a calcium deposit akin to lime and most of the fatty acids are unsaturated."

"Cholesterol, especially LDL-cholesterol (the so-called bad cholesterol), helps fight infection."

2:54PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Yes Aaron, bread is high GI and has high salt content; fried potatoes have denatured fat and beverages full of sugar, preservatives and artificial colouring like tartrazine. I believe there are many concerns over aspartine also in diet drinks. Burgers full of saturated fats also, especially if they have come from factory farms where the animal is kept alive on antibiotics. This is leading to us building up resistance to antibiotics, which are rapidly not working, as is shown in hospitals by the increasing number of antibiotic resistant illnesses like mrsa.

2:45PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

How do I unsubcribe from this thread. I commented months ago and am still getting emails when someone new comments but it's all gone a bit off topic now!

2:37PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

David S , you say there is no such thing as BAD cholesterol, that it is a myth. Agreed genetics, smoking and drinking are important factors , in causing problems but as I understand it HDL -( good cholesterol ) moves rapidly to the liver whereas LDL -( bad cholesterol ) clogs up arteries as it moves slowly through blood vessels. It is recommended to avoid saturated animal fats and trans fats to reduce LDL. I agree cholesterol is essential for body but by maximising HDL rather than LDL.
Has this viewpoint changed ?

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