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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, it is great to be here with you all on this marvellous morning. I am here to convince all of you to oppose, stop and disengage from the cruel, detrimental and unnecessary animal testing.
Do you know that the lipstick, the eyeshadow and the mascara we use to make ourselves look more attractive have poisoned hundreds of thousands of innocent animals?
Do you know that the hairspray, the hair gel and the perfume we use to make ourselves look smarter have blinded hundreds of thousands of innocent animals?
Do you know that even the toothpaste, the shampoo and the soap we use everyday have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent animals?
If your answer is 'No', now is the time for all of us to know it. Animal testing is not only a research to find cures for human diseases, it is also an experimentation to establish safety of various products such as daily necessities, cosmetic products and medicines.
To produce a safe product for us, numerous animals have died in laboratories. To ensure our health, numerous animals have tortured in laboratories. To let us stay away from diseases, numerous animals have gone through the unbearable aches and pains in laboratories.
An overview of animal testing of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has judged us guilty of killing nearly 100 million of animals in research laboratories every year. Each year, nearly 100 million of animals have been burned, poisoned and starved. Each year, nearly 100 million of animals have been dosed with poisonous elements, driven insane and deliberately infected with diseases such as cancer, diabetes and AIDS. Each year, nearly 100 million of animals, their eyes are removed, their brains are damaged and their bones are broken. Each year, nearly 100 million of animals have been brutally abused, mercilessly tortured and defencelessly killed for human benefits. Did they deserve such cruel and brutal treatment?
They died for genetics research, for biomedical research, for xenotransplantation, for physiological research, for medical research, for drug testing and for toxicology tests.
Perhaps you may say these tests and researches are for a good cause, but is it a really good cause that numerous innocent animals are caged up, tortured and sacrificed to achieve?
Perhaps you may say these tests and researches are good for your safety, but is the chemical reaction on an animal same as the one on a human being?
Perhaps you may say these tests and researches are good for your health, but can these tests and researches reliably predict effects in humans? Are there no any side effects on human beings?
Scientists and researchers claimed that they have unlimited access to animals for experiments in order to find cures for human diseases. Yet, animal testing has actually endangered the life of human beings as the results from animal testing cannot be applied to humans. According to PETA's fact sheet, they argued that "In many cases, animal studies do not just hurt animals and waste money, they kill people too. Some drugs were all tested on animals and judged safe but had devastating consequences for the humans who used them." Have all of us thought that why this would happen? The answer is very simple. This is because animals and humans are completely different from each other. As Dr. Arie Brecher said, "No animal species can serve as an experimental model for man."
Scientists should ask themselves; do dogs have the same DNA as us? Do cats have the same genetic characteristic as us? Do rabbits or rats have the same body cell as us? It is absolutely ironic when scientists answer 'No' to these questions while they are still using human benefits as an unacceptable and unconvincing excuse to perform the practice of animal experimentation.
Thus, should we still keep our faith in scientists' and researchers' ability to find a cure via animal testing? Should we still believe in those products which have made millions of rabbits blind? Should we still depend on and rely on such an inaccurate experimentation to cure our diseases? For me, the answer to these questions is 'No'. It should also be the answer of yours, the answer of our humane society, the answer of our country, the answer of all the five continents and the answer of the entire world.
We have no the right to use animals as the subject for any researches or experimentations just as we do not have the right to experiment on humans without their consent. We should respect the right of all species just as we respects the right of all people. We should pitch in with the work against animal testing and stand up for animal rights, for the animals tortured and yelled behind laboratory doors just as we stand up for our own right. Like Sri Aurobindo said, "Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage."
Any of us who donates to a medical charity is actually assisting to fund the research involving animal testing. We fund to cover the expenses of cage, the expenses of feed and the expenses of experimental materials. We fund to provide and purchase animals as experimental subject. We fund to blind, scald and poison animals.
Animals are just like our family, friends and companions. Is it right for us to provide money that causes our family, friends and companions to be subjected to medical research?
Animals are just like us, they are creatures which created by god. Just like us, they have feelings. Just like us, they are able to feel pain, hunger and thirst. Just like us, they will grieve over loved ones they have lost.
We should try to imagine the feeling of animals. We should imagine if we were massacred by those wild and ferocious animals and nobody is trying to save us. Imagine if we were living inside a small cage and waiting to die in vain. Imagine if we had no any control of our own life and had no any freedom. Imagine if we were forced to be injected with drugs or toxic substances when we had never even done anything.
With modern technology that we have created these days, animal testing is really an unreliable, unscientific and unnecessary experimentation. Nowadays, we have plenty of alternatives which have a much higher percentage of success than animal testing. Instead of animal testing, we can use human cell culture systems; instead of animal testing, we can use computer mathematical models; instead of animal testing, we can use artificial human skin and eyes that mimic the body's natural properties.
I believe that with the changes in technology these days, we are able to find more ways and methods that scientists and researchers can do research without involving any cruelties and causing any harm to any creatures.
Now, let us stop buying and using the products tested on animals.
Now, let us save the ship of animal rights that had sunk to the bottom of the sea of humans' ignorance, rudeness and curiosity.
Now, let us dig up the roots of cruelty and start sowing the seeds of humanism all over the world.
Now, let us start it today.
Thank you very much.