I have a cousin who’s little girl, Christina was born mentally impaired; she, at the age of 7 has no mental functions despite those of a very basic nature. She has total congenital hearing failure; she cannot speak. It is incredibly frustrating to communicate to this unfortunate waif of a child. To supplement the ever increasing costs of care for her, my cousin and her husband have agreed to, on alternate weekends provide a medical lab with a fascinating research subject; a real live little girl.
Last weekend, they inserted a tube into her throat via an incision, and fed her with poisonous chemicals until she convulsed. One summer afternoon, she was restrained to a surgical table, and had her skull split open and vital nerves disconnected-just out of curiosity. She was temporarily blinded from this experiment. They like to starve her half to death to see how she will react; one time they locked her in a cage that was electrically wired to shock her when she moved- behavior modification they called it.
She now is suffering from a deadly virus she has been injected with. Well, they reason, she can’t speak to us, she can’t understand us when we speak to her, she’ll certainly never go to college, give us beautiful, normal grandchildren. who’s really being hurt here? If she were in pain, she’d tell us. Well, obviously, this is a gross exaggeration. This will never happen to a human child. We are sacred. This is life you may not touch with a surgical instrument for no reason. This is life that may not be poisoned to death, slowly, or tortured in a sadistic laboratory ritual.
World-renowned lecturer and author Peter Singer refers to this as “speciesism”. Inflicting pain on a living creature, and then justifying it because it is not a human being. These atrocities happen hourly. Household names, protectors of our hardwood furniture and patrons of our tartar-free smiles inflict this agony with our consent to puppies, kitten, dogs, rabbits, little white mice and those highly intelligent and social creatures the “lab” rats. Colgate-Palmolive two years ago killed 50 Beagle puppies through a tube leading down their throats to their delicate little stomachs.
The tube fed them a constant diet of fluoridated toothpaste for days until every animal experienced intestinal bleeding, bleeding from the mouth, vomiting and constant diarrhea ending in a death of violent epileptic-type seizures that lasted in some of the puppies for 12 hours. Some animals actually fractured bones due to the intensity of the convulsions. But I said we give our consentwhat do I mean? You don’t tell these corporations to kill puppies and cats and mice, do you? Nonverbal consent is a formidable influence.
You give your endorsement every time you buy an animal tested product. You say “yes, it’s okay” with your consumer dollars. Medical research is a universally acceptable exception, they are saving lives! Valuable human life. I offer you these shining examples: The researcher who has been attempting head-transplants with live chimpanzees for over 30 years with government money; creating hideous Frankenstein like creatures full of sutures who die within hours of coming off the surgical table-medical research.
Boys Town, that steadfast organization-the ones who perform vocalization tests on live kittens and cats, by starving kittens to death-literally- to see to what extent they cry in agony. They use unanesthetized cats while screwing a device directly into their exposed brains to puzzle over the possible causes of deafness in humans. Hundreds of animals have been used by them this way, the heads of the cats, incidentally are removed by a tiny guillotine, specially designed for the “disposal” of laboratory animals and displayed in glass jars in their office.
Helpful pharmecueticals are tested on animals to improve our lives. For instance: Thalidomide, Zomax, and DES were all tested on animals and proclaimed “safe” -they killed hundreds of people. Dr. Charles Mayo,founder of the Mayo Clinic explains, “I abhor vivisectionit should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil. ” The whole thing is cruel and evil. I couldn’t agree more.