Target: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Goal: Stop animal testing numbers from increasing
Animal testing has long been a source of disgust amongst animal rights advocates. Animal testing often involves animals being tested or drugged with potentially dangerous substances without any sort of idea of what could happen to the animals. Although animal testing has allowed for some great advances in research, these advances are not worth the lives of innocent animals that look to us to take care of them.
Animal testing is expensive, cruel, and because the subjects are animals, the results often do not accurately indicate how a human body will react to that treatment or cosmetic. It is therefore unacceptable to allow animal testing to continue any longer. As the practice becomes increasingly antiquated, allowing this number to go up only serves to perpetuate a practice that is both unnecessary and frowned upon.
With that being said, unfortunately this number is in fact going up in Britain. According to an article in BBC, even though the coalition government pledged to enforce higher standards of animal welfare, over 4 million procedures were done with animals, making a 0.3% increase over the previous year.
If these companies are allowed to slide, they will continue to test on innocent animals instead of using more successful computer simulation or in vitro methods. Help us demand that the Prime Minister follow up on his promise to his two legged as well as his four legged constituents.
Dear Prime Minister Cameron,
The Cameron Ministry was formed to represent the will of your constituents, as well as what is just and right by the law. Part of your campaign promise was to reduce the number of animals used in research. Recently, that number has not gone down, but has instead gone up 0.3%.
Although minuscule, allowing animal testing to continue to be a keystone part of research in your country is shameful. Not just from the standpoint that you are neglecting the wishes of your constituents by not making good on your campaign promises, but from a moral standpoint as well.
Animals are not useful conduits for accurate research results. Please make good on your promise and begin work to reduce, if not completely eliminate, animal testing.
[Your Name Here]
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