On Wednesday, PETA released an undercover video that documents life and misery inside of a product testing lab.
I had reservations about even posting this, but I think presenting the information enables us to make decisions about the companies and products we choose to support. I hope you agree.
The story and the video made me sad. Then I got angry.
I don’t doubt that the manufacturers that support this hellish lab will claim innocence.
However, it does beg the question: why are animals even being used for some of the tests? In some cases, I believe non-animal methods are available. Is it a matter of cost? Is it cheaper to use a live animal?
Scroll down for the undercover video. This is from PETA’s web site:
After a nine-month undercover investigation PETA found that hundreds of dogs, cats, and rabbits were subjected to vicious and abusive handling, neglect, and miserable living conditions at Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS)—a Corapeake, North Carolina–based contract laboratory that tests animal-companion products such as flea and tick sprays and spot treatments on animals. Industry giants—including Bayer, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Novartis, Schering-Plough (now Merck), Sergeant’s, Wellmark, and Merial, the makers of Frontline flea and tick products—are among the corporations that have paid PLRS to force-feed experimental compounds to dogs and cats and smear chemicals onto the animals’ skin.
Rabbits at PLRS were intentionally and repeatedly forced to “wear” a tightly wrapped capsule containing thousands of ticks and were then killed.
- PLRS operated a side business raising and selling ticks and attached thousands of ticks onto rabbits’ shaved bodies to allow the ticks to gorge for five days. Many rabbits were subjected to this twice and were then killed. Non-animal methods for raising ticks have been available since the mid-’90s. Other rabbits were held over thousands of mosquitoes, who fed on the animals and sucked blood from their shaved backs for 15 minutes a day for up to five days.
- Workers cleaned the bottoms of rabbit cage floors by vigorously shaking the cages up and down—with the rabbits still inside. According to what PETA’s investigator was told, this caused at least two rabbits’ feet to be completely severed. The investigator asked her supervisor if the employee was disciplined for dismembering a rabbit and was told, “No, but don’t clock in late, then you will get in trouble.”
- A supervisor who killed rabbits by injecting a solution into their hearts admitted, “I’m not really … good at this.”
The undercover video is not for the faint of heart. There is explicit language and sad, graphic images. Rabbits are only on the video for a short time, and it starts at the 4:27 point:
Please take the time to sign a petition (at the bottom of the page). Manufacturers need to know that it’s not OK to allow animals to be treated this way.
Forward it to all the rabbit lovers in your life. Together, we can all make a difference.