One law in particular doesn’t deem injustice to humans at all, but to animals. The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) looks to act as any law would--it’s applied to individuals (non-human, that is) within a society in order to provide protection for themselves and others. The issue is that the AWA only protects a very small portion of the mass amount of animals it’s supposed to apply to. The high percentages of animals who are faced with the injustice of minimal or no protection can be found in labs, being used as subjects for scientific testing/experiments. Around 26 million animals are “donated” to scientific labs every year. With this limited amount of protection, those animals who lack the benefits of the law experience inhumane and cruel treatments such as: food and water deprivation, extended periods of physical restrictions, force feeding, and even the inflicti...
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Another form of mistreatment that a majority of lab animals face is force feeding. Force feeding is practiced in an experiments called acute proximity tests. These tests first began during the World War 1 era using Lethal-dose 50 percent--the animals used were force-fed until half of them died (Product Testing: Toxic and Tragic). Today, the experiments include not only force-feeding but also food inhalation, or by absorbing the chemicals through the skin. “Animals in the highest-dose groups may endure severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, convulsions, seizures, paralysis, and bleeding from the nose, mouth, and genitals before they ultimately die” (Product Testing: Toxic and Tragic). The purpose of these experiments was to see the side affects of what a short-term, single dose of a chemical/product can have on an individual.
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