To the professors and experimenters who vouch for animal testing,
It is no means for your research. Right now, an assortment of vulnerable animals is locked inside barren cages in laboratories across the country. Not only is animal testing morally and ethically wrong, the multi-billion dollar industry that encompasses the pharmaceutical and chemical chains, is ruining the biodiversity throughout our ecosystems that we have tried so hard to maintain. The abundance of alternatives you have to these poor, innocent animals is endless yet you choose to attack those who have no choice but to dwell under your constant cycle of utter abuse and torture.
Animal testing is wrong, immoral, and unjust. Professor Charles R. Magel said, “Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals and the answer is: 'Because animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.” This rests on a complete contradiction. If animals are so like us that we can substitute ourselves for them, then surely those very same animals have the same attributes as us; the ability to suffer psychological and physical pain and therefore should be protected from such, just as we are. You inject and force feed animals with potentially harmful substances, expose them to radiation, surgically remove their organs or tissues to deliberately cause damage, force them to inhale toxic gas, and subject them to frightening situations to create anxiety and depression. Everything we have has been trailed by you on them. Imagine if you were subjected to this, taken from your home to an environment different from your own, forced under microscopes, and tested continuously until your ultimate death, it would not be a good feeling, would it?
If every Australian knew what it was you were doing behind closed doors, you would not have the support you do today, you keep us oblivious but it is time you honed Australia in. Sweet and vulnerable animals who have no form of defense against you are harnessed and tested against their will and continuously examined. More than 6 million animals are used annually throughout only Australia and New Zealand for your benefit. Many of those 6 million animals languished in pain and stress during your experimental procedure and because of the environment in which they are kept prior to and after the procedures they suffer to a horrifying degree. Killing these animals, stripping them away from their habitat, ruining the diversity throughout our ecosystems, all they long for is to be free. Instead, they wait in fear until the next painful procedure is completed them.
The alternatives you have to these pure creatures are endless, yet you still chose to proceed with this social evil. These alternatives to animal testing include sophisticated tests using human cells and tissues, advanced computer-modeling techniques, and studies with human volunteers. These are just a few of the non-animal methods that make applying results to humans much easier, and they usually take less time and money to complete. It has already been confessed by former U.S. National Institutes of Health director Dr. Elias Zerhouni that experimenting on animals to help humans has been a major failure, so why do you still bother?
I plead with you to take a deeper look and reconsider the way in which you conduct your experimentation with these animals, it advances human knowledge, yes, but it does so at the expense of our human character.