While you’re reading this in the comfort of your home or office or maybe at a cozy coffee shop somewhere, there are an estimated 115 million animals enduring unspeakable pain and suffering in laboratories around the world.
They’ve never known freedom or what it means to be loved and cared for. They’ve never set foot outside. They have no identity, bar for a number tattooed on the inside of their ear. They’re seen as a means to an end, nothing more.
WHY ANIMAL RESEARCH IS FLAWED
It’s 2019. You’d think by now we’d have put these archaic ways behind us. Sadly, we haven’t. To make matters worse, animal testing has proven time and again to produce flawed results.
A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) concluded that along with being unreliable, animal experimentation also poses a harm to humans. Yet still we persist.
There are numerous cases where animal test results failed to predict dangers. In once instance, a drug that showed no ill effects on mice, rats and monkeys resulted in death and brain damage when given to human volunteers.
LET’S PUT AN END TO ANIMAL TESTING FOR GOOD
Animal research has to stop, and it’s up to us as individuals to make that happen. We can take a stand, we can petition and protest, we can vote with our pocketbooks. We can be the voice for the voiceless.
World Day for Laboratory Animals
1. Help Spread the Word
The easiest way is to make a difference is to spread the word on social media. Tell people about World Day for Laboratory Animals (April 24) and Lab Animal Week, which runs until the end of April. Ask them to share the message, too.
Talk about it to your friends, family and colleagues. Encourage them to shop responsibly by supporting cruelty-free brands. The more we put it out there, the better our chances of putting an end to this abhorrent practice.
2. Get Heard
If you live in the U.K., ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion #2228: Developing Innovative Science – Better for Animals. You can find a template letter at Animal Defenders International.
The biggest march for laboratory animals the UK has seen in recent years is taking place in Oxford on Saturday, April 27. Home to a university experimenting on the largest number of animals in Britain, it seems only fitting that protesters gather there.
In the US and Canada, you can help put an end to animal testing for cosmetics and the sale of animal-tested products by asking your legislator to support the US Humane Cosmetics Act.
You could also petition brands directly if you know they test their products on animals. Care2.com has enjoyed many wins with this method. Our Start a Petition page has all the information you need to make your cause heard.
3. Vote With Your Dollar
Taking action and spreading the word are important, and there’s also something you can do every single day that will have a big impact. Choose to support only those brands that sport the Leaping Bunny Logo.
It’s easy enough to spot on the packaging, but you can also search by company or brand name as well as browse by product category on the Cruelty Free International website. Every dollar spent with a like-minded company is a vote against animal testing.
HERE’S WHY YOU NEED TO SUPPORT A CRUELTY FREE WORLD
There are lots of other ways to make a difference, such as helping research animals get adopted and donating to organizations that are fighting to put an end to animal testing.
Since its inception 40 years ago, World Day For Laboratory Animals has resulted in one million fewer tests on animals. A lot of lab animals have also been saved. Take a look at these video clips to see why it’s so important to support a cruelty-free world.
Our planet is facing enormous challenges right now: climate change, poverty, and food and water security, to mention a few. All of them seem impossible to tackle, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.
Right now, people all over the world are making a difference in big and small ways. Every effort adds up. As the Danish journalist Jacob Riis reminds us, a stonecutter never splits the rock on the first blow. But if he hammers away long enough, it will eventually give.
Want to take some direct action to help lab animals today? Please sign and share the petition asking Congress to support and co-sponsor the Humane Cosmetics Act.
Sign Petition: Ban Animal Testing for Cosmetics Now!
If you want to make a difference on an issue you find deeply troubling, you too can create a Care2 petition, and use this handy guide to get started. You’ll find Care2’s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.
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