The majority of the animals used in experiments in New Zealand are used in work related to animal based agriculture. In New Zealand, the farming and vivisection industries are heavily connected. Thousands of animals are experimented on in New Zealand every year in an attempt to sustain the commercial farming of animals and profits for the chemical companies. One way that people can help reduce the demand for vivisection in New Zealand is by not supporting animal agriculture. Adopting a vegan diet is the first and most effective way this can be done.
Animals are experimented on:
- in attempts to make them more productive (eg attempts to increase the milk yielded from cows)
- to test and produce agricultural chemicals and animal remedies
- in toxicological testing to try to provide ‘safety’ levels of these chemicals for humans
- and in nutritional testing to try to ‘show’ that eating animal products is ‘beneficial’ for the human diet
In the last two cases the differences between species is exploited by the experimenters and their backers as they are able to market chemicals hazardous to human health as ‘safe’ and potentially harmful food as a ‘nutritional necessity’ for humans – based on misleading results of animal tests.
The picture is of a fistulated cow at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. It was photographed in 2000. The cow has a hole in the side of her stomach. The cows are used to test the nutrition value of new feed variety.
It is unnecessary for human health, well-being and gourmet pleasure to eat animals or animal products. Indeed it is often detrimental to one’s health to do so.
“Antibiotics, growth hormones, drenches, vaccinations, worm-killing chemicals, weight (and profit) producing drugs are all tested on animals. They are then forced into animals and birds in an intensive husbandry system which spreads like an evil plague, and is dependent on yet more chemicals to kill the resultant moulds which accumulate in the animals’ intestines, therefore fungicides are added to the feed. Lastly tranquillisers are injected to reduce the stress of these naturally free-ranging creatures jammed together, locked away in their disgusting concentration-camp mad-houses.”
– Orville Schell, “Modern Meat”.
Choosing a vegan lifestyle is an important step that you and others can take in rejecting the horrors and suffering inherent in animal experimentation and its unscientific base.
“Research has established that higher cholesterol levels lead to a higher risk of heart disease… Meat eaters have higher average cholesterol levels than do vegetarians, clearly leading to a higher risk of heart disease… Beef, cheese and other animal products contain two ingredients that increase cholesterol levels: cholesterol itself and saturated fat… On July 21 1990, the medical journal, The Lancet, published the research finding of Dr Dean Ornish of the University of California at San Francisco showing that heart disease can actually be reversed in 82% of patients using a combined regimen of a vegetarian diet along with other lifestyle measures… Cancer risk is elevated by foods that are high in animal fat… Avoiding meat products improves the body’s defences against cancer… The prevalence of hypertension among vegetarians is about one-third to one-half that of non-vegetarians… Those who avoid fatty meat products have a much lower incidence of non-insulin dependent diabetes, compared to non-vegetarians… Those who avoid meat are at reduced risk of gallbladder disease and related surgery…”
– Neal D. Barnard, M.D, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine