April 11, 2011
Research verifies, “Over 85,000 chemicals are on the market—dyes, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides, soaps and detergents, synthetic fibers and rubbers, glues and solvents, paper and textile chemicals, plastics and resins, food additives and preservatives, refrigerants, explosives, chemical warfare agents, cleaning and polishing materials, and cosmetics—and 1,500-2,000 new chemicals are added to that toxic flow each year”(Mur). “Animal testing programs are set up to test these chemicals, and are usually tested on rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs, cats, hens, and fish,” as research notes (Mur). Animal testing should be illegal because many animals suffer from discomfort or pain, the way an animal reacts to a drug or chemical can be completely different than how a human reacts, and there are many alternatives to animal testing.
Cindy Mur notes, “Extremely high doses are subjected to animals”(Mur). “Experiments are extremely painful for animals and are undermined by improper testing. Animals are fed higher doses than what humans are likely to be exposed to,” research claims (Mur). According to research, “Researchers have to go to great lengths for stomach and lung cancers to be produced in some animals. For example, implanting high doses of arsenic compounds in rats' stomachs, under the skin of newborn mice, and into the tracheas of hamsters” (Mur).
PETA has made many discoveries according to animal testing. PR Newswire confirms, “A PETA investigator worked undercover at a facility and shot videos of animal cruelty” (PR Newswire). “Videos showed animals in excruciating pain from procedures, and showed employees mistreating animals. It showed employees kicking throwing, dragging petrified dogs, violently slamming cats into cages, and screaming obscenities at the animals for showing fear for being uncooperative,” according to PR Newswire (PR...