Animal testing in the UK!!!

According to the RSPCA website: It is illegal to test on animals for cosmetics or their ingredients in the UK and other EU members, and since March 2013 it was illegal to sell cosmetics products within the EU which have been tested on animals or which contain ingredients newly tested on animals.
However Britain has voted against staying in the EU, and these laws will  no longer need to be followed by the UK, as well as many other laws and regulations provided by the EU. Britain voted to brexit in 2016, however stats from 2015 show that 4.14 million animals were experimented on in Britain. Although for now it is illegal to test on animals for cosmetics (as article 50 has not yet been used), there is always loop holes to laws, for example: As acne is a medical condition, make-up can be tested on animals as it helps cover acne.
Recently the Home Office released its annual statistics on the number of scientific procedures performed on animals in British laboratories, with a staggering 4,14 million animals being tested on. These experiments were conducted on:
  • 3 million mice
  • 21,831 on guinea pigs
  • 8,356 on Horses and other Equids
  • 4,643 on Dogs
  • 3,612 on Primates
126,000 of these animals didn’t regain consciousness after experiments that were classified as ‘non-recovery’, and a further 185,000 experiments were classed as ‘severe’ in the level of suffering caused to the animals. If that wasn’t bad enough a further 56,000 animals were forced to suffer extreme pain and distress without even being used in experiments. These are genetically modified animals which will often have painful unnatural mutations.
Its embarrassing that in 2015 we are still using methods used 400 years ago and have not yet been able to progress into a less cruel and humane society.  Although there are many new ways to test medication without harming animals, but these are more expensive ways. These new methods include:
  • human-on-a-chip
  • 3-D human skin cultures
  • high speed computer models
These methods are not only less cruel but the results are far more accurate. It has been proved over and over again that animal testing doesn’t work, that even though we share 95% of our DNA with a mouse testing on these animals doesn’t work. With FACTS such as:
  • Ninety two percent of experimental drugs that are safe and effective on animals fail human clinics because they don’t work or fail.
  • Less than 2% of human illnesses are seen in animals. Over 98% never affect animals. So, how can we test vaccines and medication on animals for human beings?
  • In the UK an estimated 70,000 people die or are severely disabled every year caused by unexpected reactions to drugs. These drugs had passed animal testing.
  • In the UK’s House of Lords questions have been asked regarding why unexpected reactions to drugs, which have passed animal testing, kill more people than cancer.
  • According to a thorough study, 88% of stillbirths are caused by drugs which have passed animal testing.
  • 70% of drugs that cause human birth defects are safe in Monkey pregnancies.
One of the things that surprises me the most is that even though in 2015 we have more ways to test medications without the harm of animals, the number has increased quite significantly in 2014 being 3.8 million. In the UK we are supposed to be living in one of the most developed countries in the world, yet we still result to torturing 4.14 million animals.
Many of my blogs have been on this topic and i have been blogging about this for over a year, and i still feel as strongly about this subject as i ever have. Animals are living, breathing, feeling things, animals have emotions, animals feel pain, if we were to do what we do to animals to humans we would be sent to prison for many years, but for some reason its okay to do this to Monkeys, Dogs, horses e.t.c. and I cant think of a good reason why its okay to do this, i suppose some people just seem to think that we are superior to animals and that its okay to torture and murder as long as its not a Human but to animals we share 95% of our DNA with.
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Grand National

Horse racing is responsible for the death of many horses each year. One of the main contributions of this death rate is the Grand national. The Grand National is responsible for the most deaths in the horse racing industry. 

Whatever the results are for the Grand National one thing you can be guaranteed is that horses will suffer in order to entertain spectators. 

One thing that is guaranteed during the Grand National is that many horses will die while on the track, this is usually caused by bad landings after taking jumps. A few years ago at the Cheltenham races seven horses died, this statistic doesn’t even include the number of horses injured, which due to their injury are sometimes sent to slaughterhouses or if they are lucky sent to knew owners where they wont be used in the horse racing industry. 

Due to owners of horses wanting theirs to be the best, they will often force drugs on the horses to improve how well they do during races. Not only are these drugs forced on horses but a lot of the times the drugs being used are actually illegal. These drugs are often used to relief pain of the horse; but owners are not doing this because they don’t like to see their horses in pain it is so that the horse can still race. These drugs help to keep them running when they should be resting or receiving treatment. 

Usually after the horse has reached its full “potential” they are sent to the slaughterhouse. According to animal aid 1,000 horses from the racing industry are sent to slaughterhouses each year. 

When horses first begin in the horse racing industry they are usually too young. These haven’t usually fully developed with the bones not being able to stand the stress of the track. Due to their bones not being fully developed more injuries occur.

To deliberately hurt an animal in most circumstances is illegal, however horses are whipped over and over again to the finish line. 

Whipping the horse causes pain and suffering to the horse and often makes them run beyond their actual capability, which is also a contributor to injury in horses. 

Lastly, horse racing is about money more than welfare of animals. Owners do not usually care about the animal unless it brings in money for the owner. Its not because they love the animal, because if they did they would realize the horse racing industry is cruel and unnecessary in our modern world, we criticize bullfighting and dog fighting but the continuous whipping of a horse is okay.

In conclusion the horse racing industry is immoral, inhumane and unnecessary in the 21st century. How could you find horses running up and down a track entertaining? There are ways to entertain without harming or killing animals in the process. 



Definition of Bullfighting 

The sport of baiting and killing a bull in an outdoor arena, with spectators. 

Before the bulls are even sent into the ring they are given disadvantages such as their horns being shaved to keep them off balance or will have petroleum jelly rubbed into their eyes to damage their vision.

Bullfighting typically occurs in Spain. In a typical bullfight- men on horses will enter the arena and drive lances into the bulls neck and back muscles. This will stop the bull form being able to lift its head and defend itself, they will twist and gouge these lances so that the bull will lose a significant amount of blood.

The matador will enter on foot and will distract the bull will running around him and plunging brightly coloured sticks with harpoon points on the end into its back. When the bull is weakened from all the loss of blood, the matador will run the bull in circles making it become dizzy and stops chasing them. 

Lastly the matador after provoking the exhausted bull with a few charges, will try to kill the bull with its sword. If he misses, an executioner is called to kill the exhausted bull. The dagger is supposed to cut the bulls spinal cord, but sometimes even this can blundered leaving the bull conscious and paralysed this bull is then chained and dragged out of the arena by horses. 

If the crowd is happy with the matador the bulls tail and ears are cut off and given to him as a trophy. A few minutes later a new bull enters and the same cycle happens again.

This so called “sport” or tradition is unnecessary and inhuman, and is not needed in modern society. Bullfighting needs to be ended.