EL PASO, Texas — According to www.Iamscruelty.com between 2002 and early 2003, in a lab hired by cat and dog food producers, it was discovered that dogs had gone crazy because of the terrible conditions they were living in.
Small steel cages and cement cells, sick dogs and cats did not have any veterinary attention and were left suffering. In this webpage one can see different videos of these animals being tortured. After a complaint by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Iams reported that about 70 percent of the animals used for testing now reside with loving families.
According to Dr. Elizabeth Walsh, a professor in the UTEP Biological Science Department it is possible to work in biology without using animals.
“Biology is the study of all life forms, including microbes, fungi, plants, and none of those are in the kingdom animalia.” Studies on animals can be done in their own habitats.
Additionally, university students should learn about animal treatment, laws and regulations about how animals should be treated.
“One thing that we can do is make sure that everybody on campus is aware that animals are related to us through the evolutionary process, they undergo processes, same as we do, they feel pain, they are living beings,” Walsh says.
She also notes that animals used in labs are protected by The Animal Welfare Act of 1966; however this act only protects vertebrate animals.
“The reason for some animals being protected and others not, is how complex their neurological systems are. Can they perceive pain? Can they suffer?”
Dr. Walsh cites the example of an octopus, an animal that is capable of learning, but it is not protected under the Animal Welfare act.
The evolution of human societies has always gone hand in hand with the evolution of the rest of the animal kingdom. Unfortunately, this evolution for most of the time has not been achieved in a friendly way, says animal rights activist Minerva Laveaga.
“We are not different species growing together, but rather one dominant animal species trying to always demonstrate supremacy over the other ones. We, as animals, have taken with us other creatures to satisfy our necessities.
Laveaga believes that the importance of other creatures is most often measured by their practical use. Thus, the problem of poor people starving is increasing as the natural products that they could be consuming are used to feed animals that will die to be consumed only by the people that can afford to consume this manufactured expensive product.
“The number of living cows has been artificially increased, and while they are taking over, other living creatures are pushed away”.
According to veganpeace.com beef cattle often do not get the necessary veterinary help and are not adequately protected against the changing weather. Before slaughter, most beef cattle are brought to feedlots where they are implanted with growth-promoting hormones and given unnaturally rich diets to fatten them up.
Animal Rights proponents argue that people have to do some thinking and take more into consideration. We must consider that animals are living beings. Consider that they feel, that they learn, and that they also get scared. Although humans currently appear to be the dominant species on this planet, we do not have the right to mistreat the other species.