Product and Medical Testing
Although modern alternative test methods exist, huge multi-product manufacturers –including Unilever, Clorox, Church & Dwight, Johnson & Johnson and others – continue to poison and harm animals in tests that aren’t even required by law. Rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits and other animals are forced to swallow or inhale massive quantities of a test substance or endure the pain of having caustic chemicals applied to their sensitive eyes and skin – even though the results of animal tests are often unreliable or not applicable to humans. Even if a product has blinded an animal, it can still be marketed to you.
The Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes offers very little protection for animals in laboratories. It is a self-regulating system which allows researchers to deliberately induce biological stress, catch and kill protected wild fauna and inflict pain and distress through injury, trauma and disease. Little is prohibited when it comes to the torture of helpless animals under this inadequate legislation.
Universities and hospitals imprison millions of animals for use in painful and deadly medical training exercises and curiosity-driven experiments that are funded by tax dollars and health charities. Monkeys are addicted to drugs and have holes drilled into their skulls, sheep and pigs have their skin burned off and rats have their spinal cords crushed. Tiny mice grow tumours as large as their own bodies, kittens are purposely blinded and rats are made to suffer seizures. In archaic medical training courses, pigs and dogs are cut open and killed, and cats and ferrets have hard plastic tubes forced down their delicate throats.
Most of these barbaric and senseless experiments are funded by the federal government using the public’s tax dollars and by health charities such as the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and the National Heart Foundation of Australia that are wasting precious dollars on cruel, irrelevant experiments on animals instead of spending the money on promising human-based research.
Luckily, the non-animal tests available today are cheaper, faster and more accurate at predicting human reactions to a product than the old animal tests ever were. More and more companies are switching to non-animal tests as consumer support for cruelty-free products grows.
The best way to stop companies, universities and charities from using animals is to refuse to purchase their products or give them donations and to write and tell them that you won’t support them until they stop testing on animals.
Take a stand against animal testing by pledging to support only cruelty-free companies and charities. You can find out which of your favourite products are cruelty-free by searching PETA US’ online database of companies that do and that don’t test on animals. You can see which charities conduct humane research at HumaneSeal.org.