ANIMAL TESTING DOGS – THE FACTS
Imagine you wake up one morning, groggy and confused. Your vision is blurry and your muscles ache. As you begin to make sense of your surroundings, you realise you’re in a foreign place: a dark, dingey room comes into focus, with no windows and no comfort – just a row of menacing metal bars on the wall across from you. If you extend your arms and legs you can reach both walls of the prison, there’s barely space to move. It’s then that the smell hits you. A mixture of urine and faecal matter; it makes you want to gag.
You hear the sound of footsteps and muffled conversation in the distance. You can’t understand what they’re saying but you know they’re getting closer. You perk up and start shouting, maybe they can help you! All of a sudden, a pair of gloved hands reach in and grab you roughly, pulling you toward the rows of metal bars. You feel a pin prick in your neck and an impending sense of doom fills your stomach. The unwelcome darkness invades your vision once more and you lose your grip on consciousness.
This is the reality for thousands of dogs each year. In fact, it is estimated that 300,000 dogs are abused in animal testing labs on a yearly basis. Either bred for purpose and snatched from their mothers’ sides as puppies, or given away by pounds where they’re considered to be too old, too ugly or too energetic, to be worthy of a loving home.
To increase their cooperativity, these innocent creatures are then taught to trust the same scientists who will put them through hours of excruciating experimentation. This can lead to severe emotional stress and pain, as the people they have learnt to trust conduct test after terrifying test, pumping the dogs with poisonous chemicals and dissecting their limp bodies to understand its effect on their organs.
This can often be fatal.
The Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2019 (published July 2020) proudly shows that 94.5% of all testing procedures conducted on animals are of sub-threshold, mild or moderate severity to the animals affected.
The total number of experimental procedures conducted in the last year alone was 3.4 million.
This means that the 5.5% of these procedures which left the animal in a severe or unrecoverable condition, equates to over 180,000.
If the tormented creatures do manage to survive that day’s experiments, they are then returned to their prisons, agitated and uncomfortable, longing for the love and affection they have been robbed of.
Short of some stroke of luck or advance in medical technology, this is how they’ll spend the rest of their days. Alone, afraid and in pain, in an 8-foot, lightless cage.
They can have no dream of freedom, as freedom is unknown to them.
The most commonly used breed of dog in laboratory experiments is the Beagle, due to its small size and amicable nature.
Beagles have a long history of injustice by humans. They are descended from hunting dogs and, usually docile and friendly, have had their impeccable sense of smell extorted for the enjoyment of our ancestors.
Since the hunting of wild animals was made illegal by the Illegal Hunting Act 2004, you’d have thought the Beagle’s luck was starting to look up.
But you would be wrong.
This characteristically brown, black and white beauty has continued to receive abuse from the human race in the form of animal testing. Confined to a tiny cell and wrapped up in chains, fed the offcuts of horse-meat, and put through hours of cruel experiments, 65% of all dogs subjected to animal testing are Beagles.
Loyal and trustworthy, Beagles are easy to control when they’re conscious, and weighing between 10-20kgs, easy to manoeuvre when they’re not. This makes them the perfect victim for inhumane testing.
With horrific side effects such as oozing infections, sores and the intentional infestation of worms, these helpless hounds are left with no rights and no enjoyment.
The worst part of it all, is that despite increasing awareness of the abuse dogs endure from this testing, the torture and murder of animals in lab conditions is still allowed to continue.
The success rate isn’t even 1%.
Dogs are supposed to be ‘man’s best friend’, but are instead being treated like his mortal enemy.