Estimated 26 million animals are used for commercial and scientific testing every year in the U.S. Used to determine the toxicity of medication and to develop medical treatments, that is destined for human use. How come we allow these creatures to be tortured and killed? People might think it is a necessary evil to improve the survival of the human race. They might be right too but researches have figured out that animals are a lot more like us. The animals have feelings just like us. They can feel the same pain as we can and I find it is hard to understand why people fail to see that. It has been proven that pigs can feel pain, affection, excitement, experience stress and even feel love. They can get depressed very easily if they are denied to interact with each other or isolated. How is that different from us? Won't we feel depressed if we don't interact with other people?
"How come we allow these creatures to be tortured and killed?"
The fact is that in all (legal) labs, the animals are not treated badly. The scientists makes sure that the animals gets food, water, gets to play and doesn't only sit in a cage all day, everyday. They even make sure that the animals gets to go out for a walk (for example dogs) and they are generally treated very well. The lab is not a bad place for animals to be, they do not suffer or get treated badly.
"Some of the medications do not even work in the end. The animals died for nothing at all"
No, that is exactly the point with animal testing. The medicin did NOT work. Would you rather want it to be thousands of human beings that died, because the medicin they were supposed to be treated with did not work, or one animal that died? The animals did not die for nothing at all, they died for hundreds or maybe thousands of humans.
I believe this is also a matter of compassion.
I think you got me wrong. What I was trying to say was that in all the legal labs, the animals are treated good. I cannot speak for the illegal ones though, as there is not much information about them.
You argued that "The fur farmers only care about to preserve the quality of the fur" and yes, of course they do.
But when is the fur the best quality? I can tell you that - when the animals are well treated, gets food and water, and live under the right conditions. Especially North America is known for their fine quality fur, because their animals gets taken cared of.
Most mink farms in the northern US is family businesses, where the latest generation takes over the farm from their parents or elder generation. Most of the peope that owns, or works in the farm often has either a biology or business degree, which means that they know what they are doing and they have the ability to do it right. They don't want the animal to suffer, cause that can be seen on the quality of the fur.
It has been proven with physical evidence that the condition of the animals in the farms are terrible. Videos and pictures has been published to the public and proven to be true.
They feed the minks with meat byproducts that is unfit for humans and the water is provided with a system which often freezes in the winter. They starve and go thirsty for days. Their pelt may still stay healthy but the animals suffer.
I do not think that either animal testing or the fur farms should be allowed at all. The probability that the animal testing and the fur farms will shut down are quite low. The animals have the right to be treated well. Not tortured and killed. That's not a life for any creature here on earth.
I would say that believing that animals should be treated well is not believing in animals right, it's just being human. No normal human being would want an other living creature to suffer or get hurt and that's the way it is.
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