Rabbit Animal Testing Experiments
The use of rabbits for animal research experiments
Rabbits are a popular research tools for cosmetic research testing because they breed easily, are docile, and so are easy to manage.
Rabbits are bred in animal research laboratories and the baby rabbits in a cage, pictured below, were kept in a university animal testing unit where they were later abused in an education experiment.
Rabbits are kept in small, barren cages to await their fate and are placed in stocks during cosmetic testing experiments, often for days at a time.
The Draize Eye Irritancy Test
A common, and extremely cruel, experiment performed on rabbits is the Draize Eye Irritancy Test.
This was first performed in 1944 and is still used today to test for eye irritancy from products such as shampoos, pesticides, weed killers, household products and even riot gases.
The substance is sprayed or instilled into one eye of an albino rabbit and the rabbit is left without pain relief for 7 days whilst researchers monitor the effect of the substance. Many of the images below show rabbits held in stocks during the Draize Eye Irritancy Test experiment. Another experiment being run at the time these images were taken was for fever pyrogenic testing.
Vivisection – unreliable, unethical and unnecessary
Vivisection is a controversial issue. Advances in technology have proved that animal testing is unreliable, unethical and unnecessary. It is simply bad science.
With research showing that more than 90% of basic science discoveries found from animal experimentation fail to lead to human treatments, and up to 89% of animal studies could not be reproduced, why do teachers still use dissection and vivisection as a method of training for their research students?
During our investigation, we captured some horrific images of rabbit vivisection. One such image shows the rabbit to be awake during a barbaric and painful experiment.
Vivisection is legalised animal torture. Stop vivisection!
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Remember, you can help stop these barbaric animal testing experiments by educating yourself and others.
Day to day, you can be mindful of what products you buy, always opt for cruelty-free products and have animal welfare in mind.
Click on one of these animal experimentation testing pictures of rabbits to see an enlarged image with caption. You can also download a free high resolution image which is suitable for print.
Undercover Pictures by Brian Gunn, The Animal Spy