According to the Beagle Foundation,
“Every year, more than 100 million animals are killed in research laboratories, including tens of thousands of dogs—mainly beagles. These animals are often confined for months, sometimes years, in small cages or runs, and they’re frequently used in toxicology experiments where they’re fed a cocktail of experimental drugs until they have died a slow and painful death.
On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act—a much-needed update to the Toxic Substances Control Act from 1976. This new law requires that modern alternatives be considered and used in testing instead of animals, and it will also establish more reliable screening technologies than outdated animal tests. However, without banning animal testing outright, it still doesn’t do enough to put an end to the suffering.
It’s not hard to understand why inadequate laws are created or why this practice persists—money. Huge, profitable industries make large sums of money off the continued use of animals for testing. In rural Wisconsin and New York, enormous farms breed and sell tens of thousands of beagles every year to labs. Research facilities make billions off contracts from politically powerful agrichemical and pharmaceutical companies to test their chemicals and drugs on animals. Many powerful people and corporations stand to lose significant profits if animals were no longer viewed as furry test tubes.
Most upsetting is the fact that unreliable animal tests continue to persist even though cutting edge technologies have been developed that are far better predictors of how a substance will behave in humans. These new methods are more accurate than the same test performed on an animal. Imagine if we had first tested chocolate on dogs to determine whether it was safe for human consumption. It’s not toxic for humans, but it is for dogs. Cruel and inhumane testing would’ve proven grossly ineffective and unnecessary.
Fortunately, despite industry reluctance, such laws have now been enacted in California, Nevada, Connecticut and Minnesota, and an another bill is awaiting the signature of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo”
Ultimately in order to stop animal testing there needs to be a federal ban. Two pieces of legislation currently being advocated for to do this are:
Beagle Free Foundation
Supports stronger legislation and helps rescue and adopt lab tested animals
Cruelty Cutter App
An app that scans cosmetics and household product barcodes to let you know which products were tested on animals. Results can be shared with on social media and your concerns or praises can be shared with the company.
Vegan and ethically made bath and hair, skin care, fragrances, soap, and gift boxes.