Animals Are Not Ours to Experiment On
Animals are not ours to experiment on. They feel pain and fear just as we do, and their overwhelming natural instincts – like ours – are to be free and to protect their own lives, not to be locked in a small cage inside a laboratory.
An animal dies in a European laboratory every three seconds. In scientific experiments, animals may legally be poisoned; deprived of food, water or sleep; subjected to skin or eye irritants; subjected to psychological distress; deliberately infected with diseases; subjected to brain damage; paralysed; surgically mutilated; irradiated; burned; gassed; force-fed; electrocuted; and killed. This happens to millions of animals every year.
Animal testing is crude and inaccurate science. It has wasted resources, delayed medical progress and even dangerously derailed our understanding of diseases. For example, we delayed our understanding of polio transmission, heart disease and diabetes because we studied them in other species.
Many studies have shown that animal tests fail to predict reactions in humans accurately, and they sometimes get it right less than 25 per cent of the time. So in some cases, you'd be better off flipping a coin!
Ninety-two per cent of new drugs fail in clinical trials – after they have passed tests on animals. This is a serious wake-up call: we must move forward and no longer blindly accept the claims of people who have a vested interest in seeing animal testing continue.
It is time to switch to the humane, effective and modern non-animal testing methods which cause no suffering and accurately predict reactions in humans.