We Should Stop Animal Cruelty
There is that one group of people who do everything they can to save an animal. Such as taking it in as their own to provide it shelter. As for the other side they would probably just let it be and not bother to do anything. There haven been many cases where individuals would get away with charges and jail time for these types of crimes. I am against animal cruelty because it is inhumane and I believe there should be justice by sentencing jail time or charges with those who commit the crime of injuring or killing animals. With the research I have collected for this topic I come to understand animals do not have rights like us human beings. The slightest thing you can get for animal cruelty is a minimal fine without jail time. With where our society stands as of right now animal cruelty is not mentioned or brought upon as much as it should be.
The common animal abuse that is always reoccurring on the news is Animal Testing. Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside barren cages in laboratories across the country. They languish in pain, suffer from extreme frustration, ache with loneliness, and long to be free. The fear comes from the environment these animals are place in. The complete lack of environmental enrichment and the stress of their living situation cause some animals to develop neurotic types of behavior such as incessantly spinning in circles, rocking back and forth, pulling out their own fur, and even biting themselves. Most of these testing comes from cosmetics companies like Benefit, L’Oreal, Lancôme, etc. PETA currently lists Colgate-Palmolive as “working toward regulatory changes to reduce the number of animals used for testing”. This does not mean the company is or will be cruelty-free in the near future. It is only a small step in the right direction, and the company still does test on animals at this point. Majority of these brands are millionaire businesses because they do not market that they are animal cruelty free therefore the consumers are not aware of how the products were made up. As for the animal cruelty free companies their products market to the vegan individuals because their brushes are 100% synthetic and vegan-friendly.
Besides the cosmetic industry another source of animal testing comes from medical research. More than 100 million animals suffer and die in the U.S. every year in cruel chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics tests as well as in medical training exercises and curiosity-driven medical experiments at universities. The main reason scientists prefer to test on animals is they have the basic biology, as “models” for studying human biology and disease, and as test subjects for the development and testing of drugs, vaccines, and other biologicals to improve and advance human health. Researchers frequently use rabbits in toxicity and safety testing of medical devices, vaccines, and drugs. Most of the animal testing may mislead researchers into ignoring potential cures and treatments because of the chemicals being used. Aspirin is a common synthetic used that is very harmful to some animals species. Animals also suffer and die in classroom biology experiments and dissection, to show more educational value, save teachers time, and save schools money. Out society do not realize this but a good amount of U.S. taxpayers’ money are used to funded these experiments. Animal tests are more expensive than alternative methods and are a waste of government research dollars. An “unscheduled DNA synthesis” animal test costs $32,000, while the in vitro alternative costs $11,000.
The Animal Welfare Act is the only Federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. It requires that minimum standards of care and treatment be provided for certain animals bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially, or exhibited to the public. Even this act is suppose to regulate and prevent minimal animal testing. The Animal Welfare Act has not succeeded in preventing horrific cases of animal abuse in research laboratories. “In Mar. 2009, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) found 338 possible violations of the Animal Welfare Act at the federally funded New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana”.
The solution to bring awareness for animal cruelty is the many organizations that exist. The two big organizations are The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). ASPCA organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in the food industry, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. These two organizations have their own mission statement to decrease and bring attention to the animal abuse we have in our society. As for the researchers who do testing on animals they should go over the Animal Welfare Act. This will help and start to implement what the act stands for.