Cancer is no joke. It’s the second most common killer in the U.S. (after heart disease), its origins often unknown. It can grow silently, undetected until there’s little hope of escaping its fatal grip. There’s a bit of an irony then that most cancer research organizations test possible cures on innocent animals, inflicting the type of insufferable pain we ourselves are trying to avoid. According to the American Anti-Vivisection Society, rats and mice are the most common victims:
"The test chemical is administered orally, placed on the skin, or inhaled in a two-year duration. Animal health is monitored throughout the study but most information is obtained after the animals are killed and their tissues and organs are examined for evidence of cancer. Rodents are more prone to cancer than humans, making them poor models for studying carcinogenicity."
What goes on in these hidden laboratory torture chambers is never discussed by cancer awareness organizations. There are no pink ribbons for the millions of mice and rats forced to endure the unspeakable. Perhaps if humans were, well, rats, these horrific tests would make sense. But just like all animal testing, what works on a non-human species will often be completely ineffective when administered to Homo sapiens.
Most likely, the obvious choice for effective solutions is rarely offered. Human testing is discouraged, seen as too risky for patients who often only have risk to look forward to. The spcaLA couldn’t agree more. This week they announced their support of a breast cancer prevention program, Love/Avon Army of Women.
Dr. Susan Love’s foundation aims to recruit one million women nationwide whom are both battling cancer and healthy, to participate in human testing to further the search for effective prevention and a cure. The spcaLA, an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877, supports this program because of its animal testing-free policy and on behalf of its women employees and members.
Learn more about spcaLA and Army of Women here.