The use of animals in laboratories often amounts to legally sanctioned animal abuse. An estimated 100 million animals are exploited in biomedical, aeronautic, automotive, military, agricultural, and cognitive research and in consumer product testing. 95% of these animals are not protected by the law. The Animal Welfare act (a law that addresses the standard care of animals in research facilities) excludes about 95% of the animals tested upon such as, rats, mice, birds, fish, and reptiles. The law only provides minimal protection for the rest and labs are not required to report non-AWA protected animals. The Public Health Service overseas the FDA and CDC. The CDC conducts infectious disease research on nonhuman primates, rabbits, mice, and other animals, while FDA requirements mean testing of animals in pharmaceutical research. -
Animals in labs are routinely mutilated and subjected to physical and psychological torment every day of their lives. Animals are frequently restrained and cut open without painkillers. Much of this is legal. The legal tests include burning, poisoning, starving, forced smoking, mutilating, blinding, electrocuting, drowning, and dissecting without painkillers. For decades, cats, dogs, primates, birds, rodents, horses, goats, pigs, and other animals have been experimented on with these measures. Due to the poor regulatory oversight, many animals are also abused, neglected, and harmed in ways that violate the law. For example in 2012, monkeys were boiled alive when sent through scalding-hot mechanical cage washers, while others overheated to death in poor laboratory conditions. Other examples include open-heart surgeries without painkillers and unauthorized amputations.
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