Cruelty-free practices should extend to all animals

Animal Rights Awareness Week – June 14 to 20

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Some animals are not protected by law, but should be.

Melissa Zepeda, Staff writer

Animal Rights Awareness Week was founded in 1991 in order to raise awareness for animals that have been abused and killed by humans, to draw public attention to the needs of animals, and to promote the recognition of animal rights globally. This week is observed from June 14- June 20 (National Day Calendar)

Around the world, animals suffer through animal testing. Animal testing is a painful procedure that frequently causes animals to die, but it is used to test products that might be harmful to human beings. The Animal Welfare Act does not require laboratories in the United States to disclose all animals used. Deaths are an estimate of 115 million annually. Along with many other painful treatments, laboratory animals are blinded, burnt, or required to consume breathe in toxic substances. (Federal Laws). A way to participate in Animals Rights Awareness Week is paying close attention and only buying products that advertise that they are cruelty-free and not tested on animals, products like those listed here: Cruelty-Free Brands List.

Even small steps, like sharing information with others and writing to let other companies know that you are not supporting their products due to animal testing can help make Animal Rights Awareness Week a year-round celebration.

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