Unheard they cry
In agony they linger
In loneliness they die
Animal experimentation involves indefinitely caging animals - which itself causes intense psychological distress - who are then poisoned, mutilated, given diseases and killed. Other terms for animal experimentation include 'vivisection', 'animal testing', and 'animal research' Often when we get asked about vivisection, the majority of people think it involves rabbits, mice and rats. Not true! Almost EVERY kind of animal you can think of is used in some way or another, including farm animals, primates, cats, dogs and even fish! Over 4 million animals are used in research every year in Australia alone.
The three main types of animal testing
1. Product testing—animals are used to test the safety of products for eating and drinking. This also includes cosmetic testing, such as makeup, shampoos, soaps etc.
2. Research—tests are performed for advancements in medicine and science, such as experiments with new drugs.
3. Education and training—these tests range from a high school dissection of a frog to training medical students at Uni.
In 1959 British researchers Russell and R. Burch created the ‘three R’s:
Applying the three R’s in laboratories in Australia is a requirement outlined in the Code of Practice. If it is adhered to is another matter.
Join AAHR- The Australian Association for Humane Research Inc. has campaigned tirelessly against animal experiments since 1979.
For a list of ‘Preferred Products', visit the Choose Cruelty Free website
Refuse to donate to animal-based research
Peta have made an excellent video titled 'testing 1, 2, 3' watch it here
There are some people who feel so strongly about vivisection that they are part of a world wide group called The Animal Liberation Front.
The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) is a name used internationally by animal liberation activists who engage in direct action on behalf of animals. This includes removing animals from laboratories or fur farms, and sabotaging facilities involved in animal testing and other animal-based industries. According to ALF statements, any direct action that furthers the cause of animal liberation, where all reasonable precautions are taken not to endanger life, may be claimed as an ALF action.
We have for sale on our site the documentary 'Behind the Mask' which shows the ALF in action. Here is the trailer from the film, please watch it or even better buy the film! These brave men and women put their lives and freedom on the line to help animals.
Let’s leave the last word on this subject to Dr. Christian Barnard, surgeon who wrote the following:
"I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland.
They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months
before I used one as a [heart] donor.
When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation,
he chattered and cried incessantly.
We attached no significance to this,
but it must have made a great impression on his companion,
for when we removed the body to the operating room,
the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days.
The incident made a deep impression on me.
I vowed never again to experiment with such sensitive creatures."