Animal Testing: Very Much Alive

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The cosmetics, household cleaners and even pet food industries are still largely using animals to test their products before sending them to our shelves. Even after all the technological advancements throughout the years, defenseless animals are still being forced into cages and under the knife in the name of “safety” and “science”.

Shortly after PETA was founded in 1981, the group launched the “Silver Spring monkeys” case which resulted in the first ever arrest and criminal conviction of an animal experimenter in the US on charges of cruelty to animals, the first confiscation of abused animals from a laboratory, and the first US Supreme Court victory for animals in laboratories. The case set a precedent but there is still so much to be done to protect innocent animals from abuse at the hands of humans.

If you think that there’s nothing you can do to help stop this injustice, you’re wrong – there are so many small lifestyle changes that you can make to help save these animals. Cruelty-free living means using your purchase-power for good. You can vote with your wallet by choosing not to support brands that test their products on animals.

Here are a few resources to help you along your cruelty-free way:

  • Cruelty-free cosmetics: Hundreds of house-hold and cosmetics companies have signed PETA’s statement of assurance promising that they will not use animals for product testing. Find out which products are cruelty-free.
  • Cruelty-free charities: Many well-known and well-supported charities, such as the American Cancer Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the March of Dimes, and the American Lung Association, fund experiments on animals. There are cruelty-free lots of charities that focus on modern experiments.
  • Cruelty-free companion-animal food: Many popular pet-food manufacturers conduct tests to measure the “metabolic energy” of dog and cat food. Rather check out this product database to find companies that don’t test on animals in labs.
  • Pledge to be cruelty-free: By signing PETA’s pledge you can put pressure on those responsible for animal testing to stop. Join thousands of worldwide consumers who refuse to buy products from corporations that abuse animals.
  • Get involved locally: You can join PETA’s Action Team to get tips on how to help animals in your part of the world.

By making small lifestyle changes you can join the thousands who refuse to support animal abuse. Too many people accept the unacceptable. PETA says that “We must demand change. We are so fortunate to have you as part of our community—together we can end animal experimentation”.

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