Every year more than 100 million animals suffer and die from cruel chemical drug, food, and cosmetic tests, biology lessons, medical training exercises, and curiosity-driven medical experiments. Exact numbers of the suffered animals aren’t available because mice, rats, birds and cold-blooded animals make up more than 95% of animals used in experiments, are not covered with the minimal protections of the Animal Welfare Act and so they go uncounted. Mice and rats are forced to inhale toxic fumes, dogs are force-fed pesticides, and rabbits have corrosive chemicals rubbed onto their skin and eyes. Many of these tests are not even required by law, and they often produce inaccurate or misleading results; even if a product harms animals, it can still be marketed. Cruel and deadly toxicity tests are also conducted as part of massive regulatory testing programs, often funded by U.S. taxpayers’ money. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Toxicology Program, and the Department of Agriculture are just a few of the government agencies that subject animals to painful and crude tests. Some brands such as; Unilever, Clorox, Church & Dwight, Johnson & Johnson, and others continue to poison and harm animals in tests that aren’t required by law.
January 2006, in Mouding County in Yunnan province, Southwestern China 50,000 dogs were slaughtered for 5 days. The reason for this was because the people had received rabies from a dog bite and passed away So government killed all dogs instead of preventing the rabies from spreading in the first place Poor health care infrastructure in China 3% of dogs vaccinated for rabies, and more than 2,000 people die from rabies each year Not all dogs were killed… Military guard dogs and police canine units were not killed There are people who believed this was unethical: PETA is one organization that believed this was unethical and urged people to protest. They cancelled all sales of merchandise in China. Government defending point was that they needed to prevent rabies from spreading
It is more ethical in China than it would be in a western culture. This relates to the idea in the book about moral relativism and how our different cultural backgrounds make us have different moral judgments In China they have eaten dogs for many years Also in 1949 canines were hunted as pests, so dogs have never been protected or important in Chinese culture So it was ethical in their culture to kill dogs Also since people were dying the government used thought of the self interest of the population and thought the best way to stop rabies was to kill all the dogs. This act is not ethical because in China they are not consistent with their animal rights. They have laws to protect endangered animals but none for other species. Also killing all the animals was a last resort. The government did not perform their ethical duty and prevent the spread of rabies by vaccinating the dogs before they bit humans. Another example of the government not being consistent with the killings of dogs is that they did not kill military and police dogs, but did kill dogs that HAD been vaccinated.
Three ways of knowing can effect the way people understand animal cruelty in China Emotion plays a role for people who have moral relativism of not harming animals from being raised in western cultures where dogs are seen as companions Also emotion can make you against animal cruelty when you see pictures of the dogs being beaten Also language in articles that describe the beatings as being brutal can effect your emotions and perception of the issue. It will make some people perceive the situation as being unethical to animals.
Animal Cruelty By: Catherine McKay and Misa Yamada
Animal Cruelty• Infliction of suffering or harm to non-human animals• For purposes other than self-protection• Harm to non-human animals for specific gains; killing non-human animals for food or fur
Animal CrueltyOften people harm non-human animals forspecific gains such as:• Animal experimentation/testing• Factory farming• Fur trade• Hunting and harvesting• Entertainment animals
Animal cruelty ethical aspects• Consistency- consistent with beliefs• Facts- effects moral judgment• Moral relativism- values determined from society raised in• Hidden Benefits- if you support something gives you a positive image.• Duty Ethics- your duty to do something makes it ethical
Animal Testing• Animal tests are conducted all over the world• Majority of animals used for testing are rats and mice• Other animals used are hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, frogs, nonhuman primates, sheep and cattle• Millions of the animals listed above are locked inside cold cages in laboratories, waiting in fear to be experimented with the next painful procedure
Animal Testing• Every year more than 100 million animals suffer and die from animal testing• Before a product is claimed as human friendly, hundreds of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year• We may not be aware, but the products we use, such as toothpaste and shampoo are animal tested shows support to using animals for experimentation for our own gain
Killing of dogs in China• Slaughtered 50,000 dogs• 3 people died from rabies• Dogs survived- military and police dogs• Government paid people to kill their dogs• PETA- urged people to protest• Government defend themselves- prevent rabies