The Reality of the Animal Business
I have always loved animals and had pets, I have always even wanted a pet cow. I have had so many animals die on me in my life and they were dear to me. We all have this happen to us, and we all suffer the loss of our understanding friends, our courageous companions and our loyal partners. Most of us believe that animal slavery is wrong. It is not just slavery, but it is inhumane cruelty that our cousins suffer in millions yearly. Some are skinned alive for high end fashion coats, some are mutilated and tortured in the name of science, and some are forced to live in caged in their own feces. All are bred in masses and treated like inanimate objects just to be killed.
Since before recorded history man and animals lived together, people ate animals, animals ate people and people wore the skins of their prey. It is very natural, scavenging for plants alone isn’t going to feed everybody. Then about 12,000 years ago the invention of agriculture came along. Even though plant foods became easier to access in large quantities around the world, most cultures still relied greatly on livestock. Since the beginning, fur clothing kept people from freezing to death and made the invention of many tools possible with the use of leather. I believe that the use of animals for food and fur/leather got out of control somewhere during the Industrial revolution with the invention of machines that made the killing and processing of animals easier to do. As for animal testing, the history is younger.
I love scientific breakthroughs and what they do for us, but scientific testing on mice and other similar animals make our world go round while harming and killing these creatures. Did you know that MARS, the company that makes M&M’s, uses mice for testing the effect of the sugar on blood vessels? In this process the animal is force fed and then dissected. Windex brand and many other brands are using their cleaning products on animals. There are some things tested on animals to test how toxic something is, or how irritative it is or how it can affect the animal or pregnant animals and their young.
Animal rights group NEAVS wrote:
“Overall, animal testing is expensive, time-consuming, unpredictable, and not easily reproducible from one lab to another, the results lack reliability. Because of their expense, cumbersomeness, and scientific limitations, animal tests have not adequately addressed the vast number of chemicals already in commercial use, nor the estimated 700 new ones introduced every year. According to Dr. Thomas Hartung, director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, out of “some 100,000 chemicals in consumer products,…only about 5,000 have had significant testing so far because no one has the capacity for experiments using standard methods involving animals.” While all new products must be tested for safety, using animals to assess human health risks is inefficient, unreliable, and has limited—if any—predictive value for what will happen in humans.”
The counter arguments mound. For animal testing it makes sense, we can’t kill people to learn how to save them, but we can kill mice. It is true that animal testing has opened the doors for so many new cures and treatments, and there is no alternative for it. Animals are the only things that we can test these thing on without killing people. Even the children of thalidomide incident could have been avoided with more animal testing on pregnant animals. For the meat indusry, Meatinstutute.org has data that proves there are reasons why the meat industry is a good thing, food and economy:
“The U.S. exported 1.5 billion metric tons (MT*) of beef and beef variety meat in 2012, up 21% from 2011. Export value of beef and beef variety meat exports reached a record $631 billion in 2012, up 31% from 2011…In 2010, more than 487,600 workers were employed in the meat and poultry packing and processing industries. Their combined salaries total more than $19 billion.”
Through its production and distribution linkages, the meat and poultry industry impacts firms in all 509 sectors of the U.S. economy, in every state and every congressional district in the country.
In all, companies involved in meat production, along with their suppliers, distributors, retailers and ancillary industries employ 6.2 million people in the U.S. with jobs that total $200 billion in wages.”
To summarize, the moral issues of animal testing, large meat corporations, and furs are debated all the time, but I would still rather see happy animals than sad ones.