Facts About Animal Cruelty

Man’s best friend?

by Karla Santana
Student Contributer 

Ethically, one would think that “Mans Best Friend” would be excluded from product-line experiments, but according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, (PETA) more than 75,000 dogs are tormented every year.  In addition, 22,000 cats are abused and put through vision and brain experiments annually, where one or both eyes are sewn shut or removed.  Cats also have holes drilled into their skulls and devices implanted into their brains to measure brainwave activity, which leads to a slow death.

According to the American Anti-Vivisection Society, dogs are also used in medical schools for heart, lung, cancer, genetics, and veterinary medicine research.  In some cases, dogs undergo toxicology studies where chemicals, pesticides, and other household products are injected into the animal bodies to confirm that certain products are safe for human use.  Furthermore, millions of dogs and cats are tortured by electrocution, blinded, mutilated, poisoned, or dissected.  Meanwhile, there are people who kill animals and others who are making them available for experimentation.  More than fifty research institutions are purchasing dogs and cats from “class B” dealers  In other words dealers are licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture to gather dogs and cats from shelters, individuals, auctions, or “free to a good home” ads, where they actually sell the animals to experimentation laboratories.  The Humane Society encourages research institutions to use more reliable sources than purchasing dogs and cats from “Class B” dealers.

When a cat or dog is lost, presumably it is taken to an animal control shelter.  However, in some cases, the animals are sold to research institutions, where they undergo these unacceptable product-testing experiments.  Experimentation is animal cruelty.  Using companies or organizations who advertise a cruelty-free life for companion animals in the United States, is encouraged.

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