Facts on Animal Testing

Facts on Animal Testing

by Michael (PoC Admin)
(London, UK)

There are facts on animal testing but they are dominated by opinion. Opinion is more important when it comes to animal testing than fact. I believe that is the case and if so it is an unhappy reflection on our attitude towards nature. A lot of people favour animal testing. A lot of people are against it. There are strong feelings about it. I am personally convinced that as humankind further evolves it will see that animal testing is wrong.

One fact on animal testing that is notable is the apathy that people generally have towards it. We generally don’t research the subject or surf the internet about it. The X Factor (UK television show) is far more interesting. On a different subject, this apathy extends to the gradual extinction of the tiger. I am equally to blame. If it is out of sight it is out of mind and we are too busy anyway.

Before I mention some facts on animal testing I’ll mention the pros and cons of animal testing as I see it. I guess these are obvious. We as humans are the top predator on the planet and we have the right to use animals for our benefit. Testing on animals is no different to using animals to work for us. The argument against is that we are all animals on this planet and have equal rights at a basic level. For one animal (us) to use another (so called “animals”) in an inherently cruel and painful way for the benefit of the former is morally wrong.

The degree of benefit has a bearing on the pros and cons of animal testing. If the testing is for very important health benefits then the pros are supported. If it is to improve cosmetics then the cons are supported.

Our general apathy (a lot of individuals are not apathetic) leads us to ignore the fact that it is alleged that major cat and pet food manufacturers employ animal testing to improve their products.

I cannot state as fact that certain companies referred to below use animal testing as it might be considered defamatory. So I will express an opinion and make allegations in respect of certain companies but can state general facts below.

Fact Numbers Source
Vertebrates experimented on around the world every year 100 million1 British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)
Verbetrates tested in Europe each year 10–11 million BUAV
Animals tested in USA including rates and mice – 2005 12 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Animals tested in USA – 1970 50 million Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy
Animals tested in the USA – 1986 17 million to 22 million U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment
Animals tested in the UK – 2004 Just under 3 million Home Office
Animals tested in the UK – 2008 3,656,080 www.uncaged.co.uk
Cats are most commonly used for neurological research – US – 2002 Over 25,500 American Anti-Vivisection Society,
Cats used in experiments that had the potential to cause “pain and/or distress – USA 12,250 (about) Cat madness: human research using cats AAVS newsletter Winter 2003
1. The figure do not include Animals bred for research then killed as surplus, animals used for breeding purposes, and animals not yet weaned (which most laboratories do not count) are also not included in the figures.

It is stated that Iams is involved in animal testing. The parent company is Procter and Gamble. It is alleged that hundreds of animals have been used in experiments by Iams to improve their product. And do we know or care about this? It is alleged that cats’ stomachs were exposed to analyse how fiber affected their stomach. The cats were then euthanised. If we keep a cat should we buy Iams cat food?

The origins of the famous Bengal cat are connected to animal testing. Jean Mill, the well known founder of the breed, acquired F1 hybrid Bengal cats from a medical research scientist who was doing research into leukemia. The Asian leopard cat (the wild cat parent of the Bengal cat) has partial immunity to feline leukemia. This underlines the attitude many people have towards animal testing. (See Bengal Cat Origins)

The rare wild cat hybrid, the Safari cat was used in animal testing experiments. This sort of thing happens all the time.

It is also alleged that Purina is involved in animal testing. It seems that a lot of the cat food we buy is improved through animal testing. Behind the ever more convenient cat food there are cats in pain and discomfort and worse. Does this stop us buying their cat food? I have bought Purina cat food knowing what I know! I am ashamed. However often we do not know. Should cat food be labeled with information as to whether animal testing was used by the manufacturer? On the above link (this one) I have researched some cat food manufacturers who are not involved in animal testing.

If you want some alleged hard facts on animal testing go to the Uncaged website (opens a new window). This is a fine website that deserves more publicity.

I am firmly in the camp that is against animal testing of any sort. I feel that people who are for it are what I have described as disconnected people. I respect other peoples’ views, however. I just think they are wrong if they are for it!

Here are some other posts I have made on this subject:

From Facts on Animal Testing to Cat Facts

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Jan 13, 2012
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stop animal abuse! NEW
by: hv

THE animals you test are like us.You need to stop testing animals.


Jan 13, 2012
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stop animal abuse! NEW
by: hv

THE animals you test are like us.You need to stop testing animals.


Dec 05, 2011
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justin bebier
by: Anonymous

this was good but i don’t ike it


Nov 01, 2011
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Fags
by: Anonymous

STOP animal cruelty


Oct 04, 2011
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ANIMAL TESTING IS WRONG!!!!
by: Karley

Animal testing doesnt give GOOD results plus the poor animals SUFFER and DIE!

Unseen they suffer, Unheard they cry, In agony they linger, in loneliness they die!!!!


Apr 26, 2011
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SAD
by: Anonymous

i have six cats and to me this is very sad knews. i buy i-ams for them


Apr 26, 2011
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SAD
by: Anonymous

i have six cats and to me this is very sad knews. i buy i-ams for them


Apr 25, 2011
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by: Anonymous

hi


Apr 04, 2011
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animals
by: bigfatanimallover

i think its really crule i acculy one day me saying to the world lets kill the people who animal tests i cant stand the fact that there really super cute i have a hampster a dog and 2 cats and if they had been tested on i would chop the peoples heads off and im not joking
lovee you soooo much animals xxxxxxxxxxx


Mar 21, 2011
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Jan 18, 2011
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Stop it
by: Anonymous

Animals can’t stick up for themselves…Only we can for them! God made everything on earth for a reason…And making them suffer isn’t one of them! If animals could stick up for themselves, i bet this woulnd’t be happening. Animals are our friends and we don’t kill our friends. I love animals and could NEVER imagine the sick people who would want to harm them. I know that they save people’s lives from sickness…but, we don’t have to use them! We can have different ways.


Jan 04, 2011
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Go ahead and do it!
by: Smart!

Think about how many human lives that animal testing has saved! Testing on animals is WRONG, and is heart breaking to realize is happening, but those of you who think that testing should be on humans, go ahead and sign yourself up!


Dec 09, 2010
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smell
by: Anonymous

u all smell


Nov 03, 2010
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umm
by: Anonymous

I’m doing a project on animal cruelty and so far my research has abled me to infer that most people are against animal testing. I disagree with the abuse of the animals, but we also need to consider other options. We can’t just sit here and talk about how wrong it is, we need to take action. I’m not saying I agree with it either, but all I’m saying is that maybe if we made some sort of compromise, such as we could test animals but make sure that the tests we do don’t effect the animals health, then my conscience would feel a whole lot cleaner. Also, we need to consider the fact that maybe if we instead of protesting angrily, we agreeably considered all options of being able to treat animals fairly, yet receive the same benefits we would from testing animals cruelly.


Sep 24, 2010
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Research of animals equals Cruelty
by: animallover

I am a heart patient and it makes me Sick the more I research animals being used in Research to develop meds that could “help Me”. It has so upset me that I would like to go off of all meds I am on. Doing that is a Death Sentence for me. It is these very meds that are keeping me alive. I would rather Die though than have 1 animal go through HELL in order to “create a med that keeps ME alive” I do know that there are animals that God gave Man to eat but God also Gave Man the responsibility to take care of his creation. I am a strong Christian and believe that God gave us Dominion over the animal to Take care of them NOT use them in Research or Any Cruelty situation. WE must put a stop to this and develop other Methods. Until this is Stopped The sientist that use animals in research will not use and devlop OTHER methods of research. It’s time for a Humane Change. Please Sign all petitions that intend the end to Cruelty to animals.


Aug 25, 2010
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Need Current Facts
by: Colleen

I have not found any updated animal testing information. The sources are all relatively old, the most recent is PETA’s ‘updated’ information on IAMS that is from 2004. Iam’s stopped invasive testing soon after the PETA reports, but it is not reflected on their site, probably because they still do non invasive observed testing.

Anyway, my point is, I buy non animal tested products and I wish the facts were more current.


Jul 28, 2010
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animal testing is WRONG
by: Anonymous

Do we really need to test makeup and perfumes on animals so we can make ourselves feel beautiful?
By wearing the make up that has been tested is just as bad as people that test it.
Animals have to die for a new purfume?


Apr 28, 2010
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FACTS
by: Bob

Many people argue that as animals are less intellectually advanced (which is false statement to begin with anyway), and hence can be used to find cures for HIV, cancer or other life-threatening diseases. However, it is inhumane to take the animals out of their natural habitat, and use them for any kind of research. In US alone, more than 70m animals are blinded, maimed, hurt, killed, scalded, genetically manipulated or force-fed chemicals in the name of household products, science, educational institutes and government agencies. The animal testing is not required by the law, but is done by the companies to protect themselves from consumer lawsuits.

Testing on animals costs billions of dollars annually. To measure the severe burn on live tissue, and animal is burned alive till the flesh is charred and can be easily removed in the large pieces, while the animal is still alive. Animal’s eyelids are sewn shut, and the protein levels are measured to demonstrate that there is no difference in the levels of protein in the eyes of sight deprived. Studies on head trauma include strapping down the head of the animal, and giving high impact blows to it, resulting in severe brain damage.


Apr 26, 2010
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WTF!! stupid people
by: Anonymous

ok so we test on animals for our own use.. hmmm thats a smart ass idea right! if its for our own good then why cant they do the testing on us.. oh so what if it kills a few people no biggy! cruel? well thats the way u think toward animals! so why not us! why should they go through the pain and suffering! are we better then them! aha no! there are animals out there that are as smart or even smarter so how in any way are we fucking better! like seriously think about it! people are fucking dumb! and how do we know that we are going to have the same effect or outcome that the animals do! like cats when they take morphine it makes them like they are on crack! its speed for them but for people it is a deppresant! so no body knows find a new way of testing DUMB ASSES!!!!


Apr 25, 2010
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ignorant bastard
by: Anonymous

yes animal testing is sacrificing some animals, but do you know how many human lives animal testing has saved. dont say shit unless you have an alternative.


Mar 07, 2010
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CATS
by: JOHN SMITH

WHO GIVES A FUCK TO WHAT YOU PEOPLE WRITE JUST GO FUCK URSELVES AND UR CATS IN THE ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.


Mar 01, 2010
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i am against
by: Anonymous

if we have the right to kill them they should have the right to kill us


Feb 02, 2010
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by: Anonymous

you made some good points, but think about it; if an animal killed a human for food, we would go and kill that animal. just because one human died. but we are killing millions of animals a year, for cosmetic reasons. and they can do nothing about it. can our kind get any more stupid?


Nov 19, 2009
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animal testing
by: kathy

I worked at allied Mills research facility in Libertyvill Illinois. I worked there because I loved animals. It was a very humane workplace as far as I knew. They made Wayne Animal Feed. Cat and Dog food as well. I worked in the dog kennel and the cattery as well. The work we did was in running panels with their food ran against another brand (mostly Purina). Most of the tests were palability tests. Except for the mice. They ran some sort of birth control tests on them where the females eventually were disected and their ovaries examined. many of the young mice ended up being gased as they had nothing else to do with them in their studies. I keep thinking, after many years working in a pet shop, that they could have been used as snake food. I know that probaly sounds sick, but that is a way of nature. The only animals I saw examined were some puppies that were born malformed. I would never buy Purina animal food after I saw the results of our panels. Most of it went in one end and out the other. The cats were treated very humanly. They had large cages that they were put in for exercise. Again the Purina went in and came right out as I usually had litter duty. They also had farm animals there. The veal calves were also treated very humanly. They were not chained as the factory farm calves are in small stalls. They had light and were fed regular calf feed, not the liquid diet that most of them are force fed. They also had water. I would not ever buy Science Diet for any of my pets. I alway research any food I feed them. I never give my cats anything with corn in it. Have you ever seen a wild cat eat corn? I dont know where the Allied Mills Farm is now, as it is gone from here. I would say the animals there were treated very well. I am against animal testing also.


Nov 19, 2009
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DOWN WITH ANIMAL TESTING!!!
by: Anonymous

ANIMAL TESTING IS HORRIBLE, PUT A STOP TO IT. WE ARE NO MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY OTHER ANIMAL, FROM THE SMALLEST BUG TO THE LARGEST WHALE. ANIMAL TESTING IS WRONG! wE ARE NO MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY RACE! eVERYTHING HAS A POURPOSE AND ALL YOU CAN DO IS SIT AROUND AND TOURCHURE ANIMALS ALL DAY. PUT AN END TO IT! DOWN WITH ANIMAL TESTING.


Nov 17, 2009
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Hi
by: Michael

Hi Dawn, thanks for the comment and very well done. It sometimes seems that we are locked into doing the wrong things because the world is run by big business and P&G is big.


Nov 16, 2009
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Uncaged
by: Dawn Williams

I signed the pledge on uncaged not to use P and G products (including Iams and Eukanuba) When I next went to my supermarket there were no cleaning products or toiletries I could buy in good conscience.
I am now in the process of opening a shop that sells only cruelty free products recognised by BUAV or naturewatch ( the authors of the compassionate shopper)



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