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Los Angeles Animal Rights Organization Battles Breast Cancer


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.


  • JC 5 years ago

    A Holiday Thought...

    Aren’t humans amazing Animals? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions of more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth."

    ~Revised from Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

  • Dr.Rosset 5 years ago

    The writer of this article has an agenda and that is to do away with medical reasearch that requires the use of animals. The author lies with regard to research and the benefits of using laboratory animals. They are the perfect model to use and yes the information gained from using these animals is crucial to all research. This is another one of those animal rights lies told to make you feel guilty, but without these animals there is no way to do research. They will tell you that scientists can use technology or a cellular model, but that is a lie. Every vaccine, and medical treatment today was achieved through research on animals and this research has benefited animals as well. AR's like to pretend that using rats retards research, but in fact before the use animals there were no effective treatments for rabies, diabetes and a million other diseases which were eradicated through medical research using animals. The AR's want to bring back diseases to control the population of humans.

  • MV 5 years ago

    Aren't humans amazing that they can obsess over eating what biology constructed them to eat. The lion doesn't obsess but some humans want to force other humans to eat vegan. Eating vegan is not natural and in fact causes irreparable harm to the internal organs of long term vegans. Yes, like other animals we have to kill animals to eat. There are many collaborative species that use each other to keep both species alive. We brough back the buffalo from near extinction because we recognize the value of the meat to our bodies. It is abuse to subject children and pregnant women to a vegan diet as it can cause brain damage and future health problems to the developing fetus and infant. This nutty idea that we should not eat meat or that the domesticated animals cause global warming is all lies perpetrated by the animal rights zealots. More than half the methane gas produced comes from rice paddies, soybeans and wetlands. You don't see them banning rice paddies or soy beans.