Dear Incoming President,
I would like to ask you to look into the issue of Commercial Animal Testing. 99 percent of the animals used in these tests include mice, rats, and cold blooded animals, are not covered in even minimal animal protection laws. Examples of Commercial Animal tests are mice being forced to inhale toxic fumes, and Corrosive chemicals being poured onto rabbit’s eyes. Since the animals used in these tests are not even covered by minimal protection laws, even if the experiment failed on the test animal, it can still be released into the market.
Millions of animals die every year because of cruel and inhumane testing, although scientists have proven that there are more efficient, non-animal, ways to perform these tests. If these new ways of testing were used, universities, and laboratories would save money, save time, and hold more educational value than animal based tests. Animal based testing is much more expensive than alternative methods, and wastes government research money, and wastes taxpayer money.
Just Because an animal based test is safe on the animal, doesn’t mean that the cosmetic or medical product is safe to use on humans. 94% of passed animal tests fail in human clinical trials. An experiment in the 1950s for the sleeping pill thalidomide, was tested on an assortment of pregnant mice, rats cats, and pigs and showed no side effects, but when it was used on pregnant human, over 10,000 babies were born with birth deformities, showing that animal testing is not always correct for human medicine.
Animal testing has many cons, with few benefits, and I hope you will have time to address this of many issues during your time as president.