Sunday, 20 March 2011

Animals: The Abandoned & Abused (Part 3)

This is the third part in a Four-part article by Greenhouse Executive member Francesca Saliba, which deals with animal cruelty and what we can do to make a difference to the lives of unfortunate animals.

Animal Testing is also a major aspect of animal cruelty. It was brought about in the late nineteenth century by testing on sheep to investigate the importance of vaccines via the germ theory. Nowadays, it is used for cosmetics and household products and so many other things which people most often ignore. Scientists can use many other methods that are beneficial and more useful to humans. Especially since animal testing can result in inaccurate data as rats, rabbits etc have physical differences which could compromise the results.

The following is a list of tests which are carried out on animals for various products: whole body testing, Short-term Toxicity, Skin Penetration, Skin Irritancy, Eye irritancy, Skin Sensitization, Phototoxicity & Photosensitisation, Mutagenicity, Carcinogenicity, Reproductive Toxicity, Teratogenicity and Finished Product Testing. Some animals are bred for testing while others, such as dogs and cats, are taken from the pounds. Mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, and monkeys are frequently used. Fish Scales are also used, for shimmery lipsticks and soaps are used from whale blubber. Many products that are used everyday can be animal tested. It all goes down to reading a bit about the product and reading the label carefully to know where your product came from and how it was made.

Other Creatures like foxes, chinchillas, beavers, bears, seals, minks, rabbits, and raccoons are all used in the fur industry. Where they are skinned alive (without anasesthetics) so the skin remains fresh and silky which is another shocking way in which animals go through an excruciating amount of pain. Cats and dogs are also used for fur in china's trade where they are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and strangled with wire nooses so that their fur can be turned into trim and trinkets. They are used for the unsuspecting consumer as they are cheap and labelled as fake fur. To make these fashionable clothing, animals that may or may not be extinct are taken from their natural habitat despite everything else. Nowadays faux fur is the imitational fur that some animal right activists have, where the money goes to aiding more awareness and helping animals and that’s why it should be more promoted.

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