Rabbits are docile animals and make great pets. I can’t imagine someone harming such a sweet animal but the statistics show us differently.
- According to PETA more than 240,000 rabbits a year are experimented on in the United States.
- Cosmetics are dripped into their eyes and lotions are poured on their shaved skin.
Why is animal testing needed
For many years a few of the companies were cruelty free but began testing again when they sold their products in China, Apparently, animal testing is mandatory if you want to sell your products in China.
Why animal testing may not be the best method for testing products and medications
Animals are different than humans, they do not get the same diseases and respond differently to certain medications. A medication given to an animal that tolerates it may cause organ failure and death in a human.
Cruelty Free International estimates that,
- “95% of drugs fail in human trials despite promising results in animal tests – whether on safety grounds or because they do not work.”
Downsides of using animals for experiments
- Testing can be painful.
- Usually the animals are euthanized after the experiment.
Are there alternative methods?
- Human cells and tissues can be grown in a lab which can then be tested for toxicity and response to treatments.
- Computer models can be used to predict outcome.
- Videos and virtual games can help tech anatomy and physiology.
Do frogs need to be dissected?
- Frogs are used for dissection. There are frog models available than can substitute for the dissection and still be a great learning tool. 4D Vision Frog Anatomy Model
- Frogs are embalmed with formaldehyde.
- According to the National Cancer Institute formaldehyde is a probable carcinogen.
- The NCI’s website states that formaldehyde exposure can cause, “When formaldehyde is present in the air at levels exceeding 0.1 ppm, some individuals may experience adverse effects such as watery eyes and burning sensations in the eyes.” Coughing and wheezing can also occur.
According to PETA, “Several states in the U.S. already allow kids to opt out of dissection, including the following:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Washington, D.C.”
Why a rabbit is a better in a home than a laboratory
We had a rabbit for a few years. They can be as friendly as dogs (or cats but I have never had a cat). He would greet you when you came home from work and loved sitting next to you, especially if you were petting him. We had two dogs at the time but our bunny ran the house. If the dogs were in his way he would head butt them. He was litter boxed trained and hated cages, so we let him run around the house. I did cover the electric cords with wires which prevented him from chewing on them. He was more of a chewer when he was younger, he seemed to out grow that stage when he matured. Our rabbit had a much nicer life than the rabbits who have to succumb to unnecessary testing.
Using products that are cruelty free
Try to buy products that are cruelty free, they usually have a x over a rabbit. If you are interested in cruelty free products you can search PETAs list and check the certification from Leaping Bunny