So. . .I just saw the Facebook video of the animal testing being done at Texas A&M laboratories (came out in December, so maybe you’ve already seen it). I hate this feeling. The overwhelming sadness and crippling helpless feeling. The problem is so big, what can I do about it? Something. Anything. I’m not going to totally overhaul my life, but I can start making better choices. I can start shopping for products made by companies that do not test on animals, or participate in practices considered to be cruel to animals. Cruelty Free Kitty has information on what companies you should buy from – cosmetics, hygiene, etc. I went to Charity Navigator – an organization that rates charities based on their financial health, accountability and transparency, and results reporting – and decided to donate to a charity dedicated to helping animals. It’s sad to think that some charities take the money you give to support a cause and do with it whatever they like. Research before you give. There are so many animals out there that need help and even a small donation is something.
Now, the Texas A&M video was talking about dogs being tested in the name of medical research and looking for a cure for muscular dystrophy. I am all for the furthering of medical technology, I just don’t think it needs to be at the expense of our furry friends. I’m sure there’s another way and I hope that we can all come together to find that quickly. If your family member or friend is suffering from a disease like this, I truly am sorry. I don’t want to seem unfeeling towards people’s suffering. I just don’t think that we should have the right to subject these dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, etc. to the level of cruelty that is currently “acceptable”.
Part of me would not recommend you watch the video because I know that what has been seen, cannot be unseen. But part of me wants everyone to see it. To actually see it. This is one of those out of sight, out of mind type situations. Maybe if it was more visible, more of us would try to help.
Even if you’re reading this and animals aren’t really your thing. Find some charity that means something to you and give what you can. Helping others is one of our most amazing abilities and the more we exercise it, the better it is for everyone. If you already donate to a specific charity, or decide to based on this post (which would be awesome!), I would love to hear about it. If it’s muscular dystrophy research. . .awkward. . .sorry. But still please share your experience. With some of the stuff out there today, it’s great to know that there are good people out there trying to make this a better place.