The meat industry, the dairy industry and the pharmaceutical industry have a number of mutual features. To begin with, these are branches with a cashflow of billions, and tens of thousands of people earn a very good living working there. The second mutual factor is the use and, in most cases, abuse of animals. The third mutual factor is the used tactic, namely the maintaining and the further spread of untruths by means of advertising and false information.
Misconception: animal proteins are indispensable to a full eating pattern for humans.
It is not true that people need meat and/or dairy products to stay healthy. From a growing number of publications, and from daily experiences of people who restrict themselves to vegetable proteins, it's apparent that in fact it is possible to get sufficient proteins and calcium from vegetable food. It has even been proved by research in the past years, that meat and dairy products are causes of a great deal of prosperity diseases.
Misconception: medication and treatments that have been tested on animals guarantee a safe use for humans.
Animals are not human beings, as much as they might seem alike, both physically and psychologically. The suggestion that a drug tested on animals would be safe for people has been proved scientifically untrue.
Tests on animals are part of the so-called experimental
research: scientists try to imitate the same disease
in a healthy animal as has appeared spontaneously
in a human being.
A notorious consequence of this kind of research was the medicine Softenon; it was extensively tested and was 'found safe' on numerous different lab animals, but ultimately it proved to deform people.
The true reason for researchers to continue working with lab animals (millions each year), is that these animals are much cheaper than human guinea pigs, and there are almost no limitations to adapt to in research for the (ab) use of animals. Where for humans there is an obvious consideration between the possible risk and the expected improvement for the human race (and of course a considerable settlement for the human test person), lab animals have no such thing.
Nothing is too crazy to use lab animals for, and anyone who reads the newspaper, knows to which revolting experiments this has led. The consumer demand for an effective, wellpriced, ethical responsible health care, isn't the drive behind the developments in the medical/pharmaceutical industry, but the hunger to introduce new technical tour de forces. This is done over and over again and aimed to lure the public with possibilities, growing wishes, raising hope and to gain a lot of money out of it.
What is the alternative: prevention
and clinical research.
Avoid medicines that are developed to only remove the unwanted symptom from the body (chemical medicines that are tested on lab animals and general large groups of people). Instead, take, when prevention has failed, medicines that are developed by and for people, and that are specially prescribed by the specialised doctor for the person concerned, in the right composition.
Homeopathic and anthroposofic doctors urge the recovery of the good, self-healing powers of the body, instead of trying to suppress the unwanted symptoms with chemicals.
The chicken or the egg?
What existed first, the food producer trying
to keep producing cheaper in order to make more
money, or the consumer who refused to pay a fair
price for a good product?
At some point the joint feeling and sense prevailed and now nuclear plants are being closed, one after the other. This could also be possible for other abuses like factory farming, the medical-technical industry and poisoned agriculture- and stockbreeding industry. If only we want to. If only every individual wants to. Because indeed, a better world starts with us.
When you leave out dairy- and meat products from
your daily food, or have some as a delicacy on
an exceptional base instead of as a 'daily necessity',
it has enormous positive consequences for your
own health as well as for the wellbeing of animals,
the environment and the social relations in the
world. Who wants to read more about objections
against the (production of) dairy products, click
1999 723.816 tests on animals took place in the
Netherlands, in 68.400 cases genetically modified
animals (mostly mice) were used. Almost half of
these tests were done for scientific research
for the cause and treatment of human diseases.
Over 40% were done for sera, vaccines, drugs and
medical or veterinarian products.
A human being is a mortal creature, just like
an animal, not a meccano set (toy with) which can be fiddled
about with, and there is a reason for this. Death and decay have a place in nature next to birth and growth;
also a human life ends at a time.
Author Anna van Beek
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See also non-valid arguments for experimentation with animals.
The Netherlands Centre for Alternatives to Animal Use (NCA) is the central point in the Netherlands for coordinating research and disseminating information on alternatives to animal experiments.