The Horrible Truth

From rats and rabbits to dogs and monkeys, animals of all shapes and sizes are used in the testing of everything from skin creams to cancer treatments. A total of 115 million animals a year are tested upon and sometimes killed in the testing of these products. A startling fact that many are not aware of is that only six percent of the products tested on animals actually make it to the consumers.
Animal testing, it seems, is growing in popularity. What people don’t seem to understand is that nine times out of ten, the drugs that worked on animals do not work on the human subjects who take them. Dr. LaMar McGinnis, an oncologist and medical consultant at the ACA, American Cancer Society, stated: “We thought interferon was ‘chicken soup’ in the early 80’s. I remember how excited everyone was; it seemed to work miracles in animals, but it didn’t work in humans.” .} Other drugs, in addition to Interferon, have performed amazingly in tests in animals, but when put out into the human world, they did not perform as spectacular. With this, we must consider, is it really worth the time and money spent on the perfection of drugs that don’t even work?

It can be now considered safe to say that the number of tested animals has gone up dramatically since its beginning, hundreds of years ago. In the last ten years, the numbers seem to have sky rocketed. In fact, the numbers that stood in 2005 were startling at:

66,610 dogs
57,531 primates
58,598 pigs
245,786 rabbits
22,921 cats
176,988 hamsters
64,146 other farm animals
32,260 sheep
231,440 other animals
221,286 guinea pigs
However, this may be far from accurate, small companies don’t always report on the amount that they use in testing and mice and rats are not considered ‘animals’ in the eyes of the government. During 2009 it was accurately estimated that around 20 million animals have been tested on, and almost 15 million lost their lives.
The abuse of the animals in the testing facilities ranges from overwhelming, to minor. In some testing facilities, whose names have been respectfully withheld, animals are routinely cut open, poisoned, and or forced to live in steel cages for years and years. “Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction." – Professor Charles R. Magel. ( In another area of the United States, a school performs brutal and unnatural tests on certain animals as part of their class. They hit red-eared slider turtle over the head with a mallet and dissect them, looking at the still beating hearts. As the animals slowly die, students pour over the defenseless animal.

Many people are unaware of the amounts of products tested on animals today. In most cases, unless the product has a label stating that it is not tested on animals, the product has, in some way, been tested on animals. Everything from shampoo’s and skin creams to supposedly miracle cancer drugs and vaccines have been tested on animals around our world. Supposedly, fifteen hundred animals a year are used in the testing of medications, another five million in the testing of other products. Most of the products that are tested on the animals do not even make it to the modern day market, in fact; only six percent of the products make it to said market.

Around the world, humans assume that there are not alternatives to the painful tests animals are subjected to. The humane tests are, in fact, more accurate, less expensive, and considerably less time consuming then the test run on the animals. The animail tests that are in circulation today are slow, old, costly and of dubious relevance to people. However, many researchers who have been shown these alternatives are unwilling to change their way in any way, shape, or form.

In the human world, we are blind to the Horrible Truth, that the only reason animals are still being tested on is, in fact, laziness. If one big ticket company switched its ways, and set an example, imagine how many animals would be saved every day. In order to form your own opinion, however, please be sure to direct your attention to the hard facts presented in our next post.
You think this is gross? Imagine it on your family pet.

Is it any less disgusting on an animal?