Why is Leeds Animal Protection opposed to animals in laboratories (vivisection).
- Around 3 million animals are maimed and killed in the UK every year
- These animals are force fed, surgically mutilated, given diseases, poisoned and forced to inhale toxic fumes.
- The alleged purpose of vivisection is to test the safety of new chemicals and for disease research, but animal experiments are simply not relevant to human safety or medicine. As such, vivisection is both unreliable and unethical, causing extreme suffering to animals and being dangerous to humans.
- 95% of drugs passed as safe by animal tests are later discarded as useless, so how many cures to human diseases have been disregarded as a result?
- A recent survey highlighted that 82% of doctors questioned were concerned about animal test results.
- There are alternatives – organisations such as Dr Hadwen Trust carry out non-animal based research into human medicine. Please refer to our links for further information.
What can you do?
- Join Leeds Animal Protection and help in our campaigning against animal cruelty.
- Use toiletries, cosmetics and household products that haven’t been tested on animals and don’t contain animal ingredients. Refer to our links for national organisations who can provide details of companies that offer cruelty-free products
- Don’t support charities that conduct or commission animal research. Please refer to our links for details of BUAV, a national organisation that produces a cruelty-free charities guide
- Lobby your local MP to highlight your concerns about vivisection. Please refer to our campaigning page for further information.