Dogs are considered to be a man’s best friend, their undying loyalty towards human being makes them one of the most lovable animal on earth. Ever since early history, humans have developed a special bond with dogs. However, most of us are unaware that over 200,000 dogs are being used in laboratories for research purpose across the world. These canines are often held in cages, frightened and weak as they innocently wait for moment when they will be subjected to a hell of pain.
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Animal testing is an inhuman exercise where dogs are forced fed poisons and exposed to toxic fumes that either kill them gradually or leave them in extreme pain. In an attempt to put an end to this abominable practise, Change.org has launched ‘Sound of Silence’ campaign that strives to end this horror against these innocent canines. Of the total 150,000 signatures needed, they currently have reached a goal of a little over 75,000 signatures.
Dogs are subjected to this monstrosity despite it has been proved that dogs provide an insignificant 2% percent more information than rodents in toxicity testing.
In India, The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 Rule 17 (2) e says that “experiments on larger animals are avoided when it is possible to achieve the same results by experiments upon small laboratory animals like guinea pigs, rabbits, frogs and rats” and hence this, in the light of the recent findings, makes dog testing ILLEGAL in India.
“Every pain killer and pesticide, drug and deodorant, air freshener and fumigant, repellent and roll-on , hair spray and heart valve – have all been tested by way of horrific experiments in dogs, albeit being proven futile , inhumane and needless.” The petition says.
Once the petition reaches the 100,000 mark, it will be submitted to Secretary, Dept. of Health Research, Ministry of Health, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, Secretary General – OECD, Administrator and Head – US EPA, Commissioner – US FDA, Members of the Indian Parliament, Drug Controller General of India, and Chairman – Central Insecticides Board.