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Interview Questions Regarding Animal Testing

August 19, 2010

1. Can you tell me a little bit about animal testing? such as the procedures and what they do to animals.

Two main categories of testing are 1. Testing for scientific advancement and 1. Testing to ensure product safety. One widely used product safety test is the LD50 (Lethal Dose 50 percent) test. The toxicity level of a product is assessed by force-feeding it to a number of animals until 50 percent of them die. Death may come after a few days or weeks, and is often preceded by convulsions, vomiting, breathing difficulties, and more. Often, this test reveals nothing at all; animals die simply because of the volume of product administered, through the rupture of internal organs.

How such savage practices could provide any useful data is a mystery, and not just to AR activists. It is seen as dubious by many toxicologists, and even by some Government advisers.

Some tests for scientific advancement are

* Psychologists gave electric shocks to the feet of 1042 mice. They then caused convulsions by giving more intense shocks through cup-shaped electrodes applied to the animals' eyes or through spring clips attached to their ears.

* In Japan, starved rats with electrodes in their necks and electrodes in their eyeballs were forced to run in treadmills for four hours at a time.

* A group of 64 monkeys was addicted to drugs by automatic injection in their jugular veins. When the supply of drugs was abruptly withdrawn, some of the monkeys were observed to die in convulsions. Before dying, some monkeys plucked out all their hair or bit off their own fingers and toes.

2. Would you say that testing medicine on human cells would be more effective than using animals?

Thousands of scientists don't believe testing on animals has any value http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Philosophy/Animal%20Testing/33ReasonsATestingispointless.htm . Quotes from researchers on this subject can be found in the following Excel spreadsheet: Animal Rights Quotes.xls

One common way that scientists mislead the public is to say that animals were used in a study that produced a good result. And the public assumes that if animals weren't used the result would not have come as quickly, if at all. However, few doctors believed that this was EVER the truth and that animals testing had nothing to do with influencing the research. Dr. Vernon Coleman offered money to anyone who could prove otherwise. He still has his money.

http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Philosophy/Animal%20Testing/Vivisection/Coleman_challenge_files/challenge4.htm

3. Animal testing is getting out into the public, what do you think caused for this to happen?

Tens of thousands of doctors have written articles (hundreds of them are here: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Philosophy/Animal%20Testing/AnimalTesting-index.htm and http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Philosophy/Animal%20Testing/Vivisection/AVivIndx.htm  about how animal testing is misleading at best, immoral at worst. Eventually the message sinks into the consciousness of the masses. Just as the first articles on cigarette smoking causing cancer or hydrocarbon emissions destroying the ozone layer were ignored, people begin to listen after hear the same message from different people over a period of years.

4. What experiments have failed while being tested on animals?

http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Philosophy/Animal%20Testing/Vivisection/vivisectionfaqs.htm

5. Is animal testing psychologically hurting animals?

Seeming so. Although it is difficult to measure psychological damage, anyone who has witnessed the torturing of a sentient being will observe behavior modifications that are sad to see.

6. What can be done to stop animal testing?

Laws change when the masses are educated by people, for example, like yourself.

7. Do you think the government will ever pass a law that protects animal rights and to stop animal testing?

Laws around the world are changing every week to protect animal rights. Some universities don't allow testing on animals now (for example, the University of Michigan). In Italy the law requires that owners walk their dogs. In Germany the term animal rights was written into their constitution.

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