Thursday, 10 October 2013

Ban All Animal Testing In The UK

Product safety tests, pain analysis, psychological investigations, drug testing and even warfare research. These are just a few of the repulsive procedures that millions of innocent, trusting creatures are put through every day. Maiming, shooting, irradiating, electric shocking and poisoning are only a handful of the types of barbaric actions mankind is imposing on animals in modern society- things I wouldn’t even wish upon my worst enemy. So why would anybody be so callous and merciless as to put another living creature through such a process? The answer is simple: because we can. Since the beginning of time, man has exercised his ruthless power over weaker beings. “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.  He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits.  Yet he is lord of all the animals.”  ~George Orwell, Animal Farm. How is it that with modern technology as accurate and efficient as ours, we still resort to such disgusting levels as common mutilation? Animals are taken from their habitats and their mothers; some are even bred in captivity never to see the outside of a cage. They are deliberately driven mad, induced into epileptic fits, even dropped in water and forced to swim to stay alive- just so a few scientists can examine some stress levels. If humans are supposed to be the most evolved race, why is it that we are the most savage? How would a scientist feel if they were plunged in boiling water for the pathetic excuse of measuring pain levels? It’s barbaric! Not only is it unethical, but it is inaccurate too! Did you know that 92% of drugs that pass the animal testing stage cause fatal effects in humans? Ridiculous. Absolutely ludicrous. I believe that if society continuous in this way, then not only have we failed as individuals, but as an entire race. “The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?"  ~Jeremy Bentham

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