For my Biology class this semester I had to post an online topic that my class mates can respond to about biology types of projects. This is the thread that I started - it's about Iams testing:
Iams Animals Testing Replywww.uncaged.co.uk/iams.htm
This article along with many other articles report the use of animal testing practices at Iams. ( The most recent a 9 month uncover investigation of Iams coordinated by PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. www.iamscruelty.com/introduction.asp
). The testing on animals such as dogs and cats has led to kidney failure, obesity, malnutrition, liver damage, severe allergic reactions, stomach inflammation, diarrhoea, severe skin disorders, lesions, skin wounds and other painful illnesses in these animals. This to me is in inhumane and cruel and a shocking contrast from their animal lover commercials that encourage people to keep their dogs healthy by feeding them Iams. People at home feeding their pets Iams dog food, have no idea that they are supporting the painful deaths, and isolated lives of animals being tested at the Iams factory.
This is just my opinion. Do you think that Iams animal testing , or animal testing in general is necessary? Do you think that these practices are humane?
This is the response I got back.
Re: Iams Animals Testing Reply
Animal testing is a very contriversal topic. Although it seems very cruel, it is necessary in my opinion. Even though there are such methods as models and chemical testing, it is not as accurate as testing on an acual animal due the the complexity of the life systems. It is nessesary to test the product on a group of animals rather than distributing it and later discovering its harmful side effects. In my opinion this is benifiting the people buying the product for their pet. People who are feeding their pets Iams food know that their pets are in no danger to harm as research as been done. There are many sacrifices we give to learn the truth about products and I think many animal lovers would agree that this is a fair trade off to ensure the safety of their pet.
Here's yet another :
Normally I would agree testing on animals is cruel and such, but for this case i think it makes prefect sense. I mean.. You make dog food, so it makes sense to test on dogs. Yes you may say that it is still inhumane but it is very benifcial to those buying the dog food. The company wouldn't put out a product that is harmful to their customers' pets, they must test first.
Now I know that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but how can someone be so selfish, especially if they are an animals lover? All people seem to care about is that their dog is safe, they don't give a **** about what other animals suffer through to keep theirs safe. It's so infuriating! Some one back me up here.