Posted: 13 April 2017. Updated: 21 April 2017
April 24th marks World Day for Laboratory Animals, and throughout Lab Animal Week (22nd-29th April), people around the globe will commemorate the suffering of animals in laboratories.
World Day is a focal point that has moved the issue forward, educating the public and legislators about animal tests and the alternatives for over 35 years.
The US is one of the world’s largest importers of primates for research – terrified monkeys continue to be torn from their forest homes to be taken to laboratory animal suppliers and from there, they are sold to laboratories where behind closed doors, they suffer in horrific experiments.
In the US alone, an estimated 17 million animals are used in experiments each year, despite that advanced scientific alternatives are available and can produce faster, more accurate results, relevant to humans.
The fundamental flaw of animal research is species differences – each species responds differently to chemicals, drugs and other substances and studies have found that the outcome of a laboratory experiment can be affected by the animal’s age, sex, diet and even bedding materials. These differences have provided misleading results when products have passed safety tests in animals, only to cause adverse effects in humans.
Animals are burnt, blinded, scalded, poisoned, mutilated, starved and products are forced down their throats through tubes, so that the products we use in our food, home, cars, gardens and the medicines we take can be called “safe”. Everything has been tested on animals.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Modern sophisticated techniques are available which can replace the use of animals in such tests.
Please join our campaign to end these painful tests.