I’m getting dressed for school and he just circled my feet and laid down! 💙
Besides the fact that it’s ethically barbaric, I would like to share the facts with you that have brought me to the conclusion that animal testing is a waste of time.
-In the book Vivisection Unveiled Dr John Carpenter explains that less than 2% of human illnesses (1.16%) are ever seen in animals. Over 98% never affect animals.
-According to the former scientific executive of Huntingdon Life Sciences, animal tests and human results agree “5%-25% of the time.”
-Among the hundreds of techniques available instead of animal experiments, cell culture toxicology methods give accuracy rates of 80-85% as explained in the MEIC Evaluation of Acute Systemic Toxicity.
-92% of drugs passed by animal tests immediately fail when first tried on humans because they’re useless, dangerous or both. This is revealed in the 1998 book Nature Biotechnology.
-The two most common illnesses in the Western world are lung cancer from smoking and heart disease. Neither can be reproduced in lab animals as published in Smoking: New York Times and Heart disease: Animal Models in Cardiovascular Research.
-A 2004 survey of doctors in the UK- commissioned by patient safety group Europeans for medical progress- showed that 83% wanted an independent scientific evaluation of whether animal experiments had relevance to human patients. Less than 1 in 4 (21%) had more confidence in animal tests than in non-animal methods.
-In the Drug Metabolism reviews, it’s said that rats are 37% effective in identifying what causes cancer to humans – less use than guessing. The experimenters said: “we would have been better off to have tossed a coin.”
-Rodents are the animals almost always used in cancer research. They never get carcinomas, the human form of cancer, which affects membranes (eg lung cancer). Their sarcomas affect bone and connective tissue. The two are completely different. This was published in World Medicine Volume 79.
-Volume 298 of Science Magazine said the results from animal tests are routinely altered radically by diet, light, noise, temperature, lab staff and bedding. Bedding differences caused cancer rates of over 90% and almost zero in the same strain of mice at different labs.
-Page 41 of Vivisection Unveiled says that gender differences among lab animals can cause contradictory results. This does not correspond with humans.
-AP Fletcher revealed that 75% of side effects identified in animals never occur.
-Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics said that over half of side effects cannot be detected in lab animals.
-Vioxx was shown to protect the heart of mice, dogs, monkeys and other lab animals. It was linked to heart attacks and strokes in up to 139,000 humans. This was revealed in Current Opinions in Lipidology.
-Science Volume 297 said that genetically modified animals are not like humans. The mdx mouse is supposed to have muscular dystrophy, but the muscles regenerate with no treatment.
-The Journal of the American Medical Association published that genetically Modified (GM) animal, the CF- mouse, never gets fluid infections in the lungs – the cause of death for 95% of human cystic fibrosis patients.
-The Journal of the American Medical Association also said that in America, 106,000 deaths a year are attributed to reactions to medical drugs.
-Nature Medicine 2000 revealed that each year, 2.1 million Americans are hospitalised as a result of medical treatment.
-In the UK an estimated 70,000 people are killed or severely disabled every year by unexpected reactions to drugs. All these drugs have passed animal tests. Earl Baldwin published this.
-Professor Hoff at the congress of clinical medicine said that in the UKs House Of Lords, questions have been asked regarding why unexpected reactions to drugs (which passed animal tests) kill more people than cancer.
-A German doctor’s congress Munchner concluded that 6% of fatal illnesses and 25% of organic illness are caused by medicines. All have been animal tested.
-Munchner also concluded that according to a thorough study, 88% of stillbirths are caused by drugs which passed animal tests.
-Developmental Toxicology said that 70% of drugs which cause human birth defects are safe in pregnant monkeys.
-Volume 19 of Biogenic Amines revealed that 78% of foetus-damaging chemicals can be detected by one non-animal test.
-Thousands of safe products cause birth defects in lab animals – including water, several vitamins, vegetable oils, oxygen and drinking waters. Of more than 1000 substances dangerous in lab animals, over 97% are safe in humans. This was published in Sax’s Dangerous Properties Of Industrial Materials.
-One of the most common lifesaving operations (for ectopic pregnancies) was delayed 40 years by vivisection said the Birmingham Daily Post.
-In The Story Of Medicine by K. Walker, it’s said that blood transfusions were delayed 200 years by animal studies.
-The polio vaccine was delayed 40 years by monkey tests said the Yale University Press in the report The History Of Poliomyelitis.
-The Journal of the American Paraplegic Society published that 30 HIV vaccines, 33 spinal cord damage drugs, and over 700 treatments for stroke have been developed in animals. None work in humans.
-The Director of Research Defence Society, (which serves only to defend vivisection) was asked if medical progress could have been achieved without animal use. His written reply was “I am sure it could be.”
In conclusion, the practice is not only unethical but obsolete.
When vivisectionists are asked why they use animals in labs, they tell us it’s because the animals are like us. But when asked why it’s acceptable to do this to animals, they tell us it’s because the animals are not like us.
LET THERE BE BONES!
This morning in class, we did forelimb rads on this female kitty named Stormfly.
And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Get Sick In America
Many believe that the US healthcare system is the best in the world. Not so according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 25. It ranks 37th and is the most expensive in the world. I would argue that even if we had the best healthcare system in the world, what good is it, if no one can afford to access it.
Most companies are buying 60/40-policys for their employees these days, but even if you are lucky enough to have good insurance with 80/20-policy coverage, that 20 percent your responsible for can drive you right into bankruptcy as easily as the 60-40 policy given the cost of healthcare.
Insurance cost have been going up dramatically in the last two decades, long before the new Affordable Healthcare Act has taken affect, in some cases as much as 35% per year.
But have you noticed the latest trick the insurance companies have roll out?
Yes, Higher Deductible… most averaging $5,000 per year, per person, but I have seen some as high as $10,000 per year. For those of you that are wondering, this tactic is specifically designed too stop you from using your insurance. It reduces the insurance companies out of pocket liability by shift costs onto consumers, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, because consumers can’t afford the deductible they will avoid necessary care to save money.
Although insurance companies are a problem, the real crook is the healthcare system it self. A corrupt and bloated system desperately in need of reform!
OKAY SO I KNEW THAT TECHNICALLY IN AMERICA THAT YOU PAY FOR HEALTHCARE BUT LIKE THE IDEA IS SO BIZARRE TO ME THAT I’D NEVER CONSIDERED THAT YOU’D GET… A BILL?????? FOR BEING…. ILL?????????? I LITERALLY DON’T
how can anaesthetic cost that much??
how is this legal??
WHAT? And I thought having to pay £7 ($11.55) for stronger prescription allergy meds instead of £4 ($6.60) for the less effective store-brand ones was ridiculous.
You have to pay for the ambulance!?
OK, I’m shocked by the prices, but all of the people from other countries who are just shocked that there ARE prices just make me so so sad.
This is so screwed up.
This is why I would never live in America…..someone is getting seriously rich off this shit..Thank fuck for the NHS!
What the fuck, America? Damn, guys, your government is evil, seriously
Does anyone else wonder how Breaking Bad was such a huge hit yet only 3 people thought to realized that none of it should’ve happened because healthcare should be a fucking right?
"Driving home from town this afternoon I saw a sheep down in a paddock. As usual I stopped and went to check. Sadly the sheep was dead and had been for a few days .. her eyes and part of her face were gone. But the strange thing was that she was covered in white powder. It looked like (and was) lime. I have heard of lime being put on bodies when buried to reduce pathogens and smell but not directly on an animal corpse in a paddock. I walked back to the fence sad that there was noting I could do for her.
As I got to the fence I saw another body covered in lime a bit further along. There was also blood on her face. As I got near I saw her eye had been picked at - most likely by crows. Sadly again I was too late. The bag of lime was just over the fence under a bush. Obviously the farmer expected more. There were about 100 sheep with some lambs in the paddock.
About to move on I thought I saw the tiniest movement of this sheep’s jaw. I watched and looked closer .. she was breathing .. she was alive. This bastard has left her to rot in a paddock - covered her with burning lime and SHE WAS ALIVE!
She was breathing but it was shallow .. and it appeared that her right eye had been picked out … she had probably been there more than a day. And the weather has been cold and wet here lately.
I was very angry… but my priority was this sheep who I called Beauty. I carried her to the fence - climbed over and put her in the back of my ute which was full of animal feed. We went straight to our vet who is only about 5km back along the road.
After telling our vet what had happened I asked that he do two things. Firstly confirm that Beauty was alive and secondly put her to rest.
She was barely alive and extremely thin.
He agreed with both and went to get the injection. That gave me a few minutes with Beauty and I gently put my finger in her mouth to see how cold she was … not too cold. She also started nibbling on my finger as if she was trying to drink. As the vet returned I asked if we could try and save her as she still had some life left in her and to die this way was just not fair.
He said we could try but her chances were slim … less than ten percent. So we tried for Beauty.
Together with his wonderful nurse they inserted an IV into Beauty’s jugular vein. They gave her fluids, antibiotics, pain relief and anti-inflammatories. We also found that her right eye was still there … but the tissues around had been pulled and damaged. Our caring vet trimmed the damaged tissue and applied eye ointment.
Armed with further supplies we headed home with Beauty in the back covered in an old blanket and her IV bag tied to the ute roll bar. it was now up to Beauty.
At home by the fire she seemed to settle. Even drinking from some saline from a small squirt bottle. She relaxed and she slept … snoring at times.
The next four hours were her last. She died an hour ago as I write this through tears falling onto the keyboard.
Beauty died as we expected she would. But she died warm … and loved … and free from pain and fear.
She is grieved and her passing is marked and witnessed by all who read this. And your tears wash the blood from this gentle girls face.
Tomorrow Beauty will join the host of angels buried down at Strawberry Corner … beautiful animals who have passed and will help her on her way.
And tomorrow I will start the search for the man responsible for her terrible treatment .. I will call the authorities but I don’t expect them to do much.
He did break the law in failing to either put down or seek medical care for a sick animal. But that will be easily defended by claiming he thought she was dead.
Well she is gone now .. and loved .. and remembered.
Goodbye darling darling Beauty. Love love love.” (x)
I have been posting a lot of personal life drama lately. I would apologize for that, but I originally started this tumblr as a place where I could feel safe to vent about life.
Rather than apologize, I would like to say thank you for sticking around. And to those of you who have commented or sent me personal messages, thank you so very much; your compassion means the world to me.
Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging. 💙
I’m looking for more vegan blogs to follow! I love finding super sweet vegans from all over, but I feel like I’m running out of things to search!
Reblog this if you post vegan recipes, text posts, pictures, anything vegan, and I’ll check out your blog!
Stay vegan kittens!