Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people young and old to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space. Protecting America’s wildlife and plants today is a legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren, so that all Americans can experience the rich variety of native species that help to define our nation.
One definition of Animal Testing describes it as “the use of non-human animals in scientific experimentation”. Every year millions of animals including, dogs, cats, rabbits, sheep, monkeys, chimpanzees, rats, mice, ferrets and hamsters are subjected to both physical and mental torture in the name of science. While some believe this experimentation is necessary on the grounds that it advances medicine, others believe that operating on a living animal for the purpose of experimentation rather than healing as cruel, unethical, barbaric and outdated.
Since the beginning of time, animals have always appeared alongside man. Empathy for the rights of animals have been recognised in the writings of the Roman philosopher Seneca, in first century and King Asoka, Emperor of India, a Buddhist and vegetarian, In the third century BCE, promoted the abstinence of the slaughter or offering of animals for sacrifice in his realm.