Vivisection is the live dissection of animals. Millions of animals such as mice, rats, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, monkeys and sheep, to name but a few, are killed every year this way.
Behind closed doors, vivisectors force feed animals chemicals, infuse them with cancers, cut open their skulls and place electrodes in their brains - some of the many horrors that go on in testing laboratories - then, if the animal has not already died, they cut them up, slowly killing them.
All this, in the name of so-called ''science'' - fronted by the vivisectors' guise of improving mankinds medical advancements. When the truth of it is, that it's all just a money making scheme orchistrated by the pharmaceutical industry.
One of the major flaws in animal testing is that of 'species difference'. This means that animal tests are basically unreliable as a way to predict effects in humans - positive results in animal studies have proved disastrous when applied to humans.
Animal research has been shown time and time again to hold back medical progress. Today when there is a wealth of sophisticated techniques including computer modelling, tissue cultures, epidemiological studies and clinical studies available for use that offer a cruelty-free, reliable alternative to vivisection, it makes no sense whatsoever to continue to use animals.
More importantly, there is absolutely no moral or ethical justification to test ANYTHING on animals. They are sentient beings who have the right to live out their lives, they do not deserve to be exploited by people. We have to say 'no' to vivisection, and be the voice for all the animals who are locked away in dark, barren cages - right now - terrified, where their only escape from this life of fear and torture is death.
- Vivisection is the live experimentation and dissection of animals.
- 112, 835 animals were experimented on last year in Irish laboratories.
- Although a lot of animal testing goes on in colleges and universities, there are 9 independent, commercial laboratories in this country.
- Animal research has been shown time and again to hold back medical progress for people. Here are just a few examples:
- Arthritis painkiller Vioxx, which was withdrawn in 2004, caused over 140,000 strokes and heart attacks (almost 60,000 fatal), even though it appeared safe when tested on animals.
- In the 1980s, thousands of people were given HIV-contaminated blood, which was deemed safe as it did not affect chimpanzees (as chimpanzees are essentially immune to HIV).
- Blood transfusions were delayed by 200 years and corneal transplants delayed by 90 years, as a result of animal studies.
- 22 drugs to treat spinal cord damage were developed on animals - all failed when applied to humans.
- The notoriously dangerous drugs thalidomide and DES were tested in animals and released for human use. Tens of thousands suffered and/or died as a result.
- In 2006, TGN1412, a new drug for leukaemia, cancer, multiple sclerosis and arthritis, caused disastrous side effects in the first human volunteers - even though it had passed tests on monkeys who were given doses 500 times greater than those given to the volunteers.
- Rats and mice are the animals primarily used in cancer research. They never get carcinomas, the human form of cancer, which affects membranes (e.g. lung cancer). Their sarcomas affect bone and connecting tissue: the two cannot be compared.
- Even a former director of Huntingdon Life Sciences (which is one of Europe’s largest animal testing facilities) admitted that animal tests only correctly predict effects in humans 5-25% of the time. Compare that to the fact that human cell culture tests have proven to be 80% accurate.