World Day for Laboratory Animals was on April 24th. It was instituted in 1979 & has been a catalyst for the movement to end the suffering of animals in laboratories around the world and their replacement with advanced scientific non-animal techniques.
I’m not going to dwell on what goes on but I do want to share two books that are related to that world.
This book is not for the feint of heart. It’s the story of two canine heroes, Snitter & Rowf. After being horribly mistreated at a government animal research facility, Snitter & Rowf escape into the isolation–& terror–of the wilderness. Aided only by a fox they call ”the Tod,” the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment. When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious man-eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague. The Plague Dogs is a visceral, wrenching, emotional read.
This is also not an “easy read”. A dark satire told by a lab rat, Doctor Rat is a political statement on the way we treat our planet & its inhabitants. It strongly questions the morality & ethics of animal testing & those who try to justify it.
There are many ways that technology can replace lab testing & honestly a lot of testing goes on simply because it’s profitable. Sadly there are businesses that breed animals only for laboratories. This is wrong & evil & needs to stop.
CEO Olivia ❤