Animals Are Not Ours to Experiment On
Animals are not ours to experiment on. They feel pain and fear just as we do, and their overwhelming natural instincts – like ours – are to be free and to protect their own lives, not to be locked in a small cage inside a laboratory.
Approximately 11.5 million animals are used in experiments in Europe every year. In these experiments, animals may legally be poisoned; deprived of food, water or sleep; subjected to skin or eye irritants; subjected to psychological distress; deliberately infected with diseases; subjected to brain damage; paralysed; surgically mutilated; irradiated; burned; gassed; force-fed; electrocuted; and killed. This happens to millions of animals every year.
There’s no excuse for hurting and killing animals for the sake of cosmetics products. Fortunately, we’re making excellent progress in banning these cruel experiments.
REACH is the largest animal-testing programme in the world, causing hundreds of thousands of animals to be used in painful and lethal tests.
Every year, millions of animals in the UK endure painful, frightening procedures at the hands of experimenters – tests which are indefensible, both morally and scientifically.
The Alternatives to Animal Testing
Modern methods that are being pioneered by scientists make it clear that experiments on animals aren’t just cruel – they’re also irrelevant and unnecessary.
Animals Used in Education and Training
Teaching exercises using live animals or animals who were killed to be dissected have no place in the modern classroom. Find out what progress we’re making.