World Week for Laboratory Animals
The question is not, can they reason, nor, can they talk. But, can they suffer?
– Jeremy Bentham
This week is World Week for Laboratory Animals running from 16th to 24th April, culminating in World Day on the 24th. It focuses the spotlight on the millions of animals across the world suffering and dying in labs.
In New Zealand alone, over 310,000 animals were subjected to Government sanctioned experiments in 2014 (the most recent figures published). This is an alarming increase of 39% on the previous year. National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee figures show that 8,555 animals suffered extreme pain and distress in experiments classified as causing ‘very high impact’. This used to be referred to as ‘very severe suffering’. Although the name changed to sound more benign, the impact on the animals did not.
Many people are surprised to learn that rather than being done for a ‘greater good’, many experiments are done for agricultural production, for example aiming to increase milk yields or wool production. Cruelty for the sake of profit!
SAFE works towards an end to all animal testing.
- Share our awesome video about rats.
- You can help by reading more about the situation in New Zealand and educating family and friends.
- While we have already achieved a ban on cosmetics testing in New Zealand, products are still coming in from overseas. You can take a stand against cosmetics testing by downloading the free SAFEshopper app to ensure you are not buying products tested on animals.
19 April 2016