The Food and Drug Administration of Taiwan has finally decided to erase all tests conducted on animals. And the Taiwan ban would completely denounce tests like drowning mice, or even rats. After several years of PETA pressurizing the administration, the agency has finally decided to run down their system. There were several other tests, like making rodents run on the treadmill until they died of fatigue. Currently, PETA is accepting comments from the public before March 1. After that, they would finally settle on a decision- so your voice needs to be heard now.
The Taiwan Ban- Why Is It Necessary?
It is quite unfortunate that the agency had to critique the TFDA before they finally decided to bring out the Taiwan ban. Before the regulation was passed, the TFDA had gone for decades endorsing the horrifying experiments. And PETA determined that these experiments had no correlation with human health. Following this, PETA also sent a formal critique to the agency at its behest.
It is no surprise that the animal cruelty in these tests was considerably high. In the forced swim test, most of the researchers would be feeding rats and mice huge quantities of test foods. After that, they would be starved for an entire day. Then the researchers would stuff them in beakers filled with water to check how long before they either drowned. They also observed the struggle of the rodents to stay alive.
Sometimes the rodents learned to swim which led analysts to stir the water in order to make them struggle more. The Taiwan ban made sure to do away with other such processed which involved the scientists tying wires to the animals to make the entire process even harder.
Why Is It So Important For The Taiwan Ban To Come Into Place Soon?
One of the other tests that the Taiwan Ban was trying to erase was the treadmill test. In this, the rats were again fed large quantities of test food. Post which the rodents were then put on treadmills with electric plates. The scientists kept prodding the rodents to run at increasing speeds until they simply chose to give up and get electrocuted. In the end, the rodents met with a brutal dissection at the hands of the scientists.
The biggest irony? Animal experimentation is hugely unsuccessful in the treatment of humans. Not only is the entire process devilish and cruel, but it is quite unnecessary. Almost 90% of the tests on animals fail in putting forth any leads or discoveries into the treatment of humans. Also, 95% of the drugs that are used on animals and deemed safe usually fail every clinical trial. The Taiwan ban attempts to stem that flow, so that harmless, innocent animals would be able to survive.
The redundance is due to the fact that rats are extremely smart creatures. They excel at understanding concepts- and will never forget a route once they learn it. Using them as drug testers would simply entail them learning all the nooks and outsmarting the researcher. Hence, not only will the entire test be declared a failure, but an innocent rodent would also be killed in the process. It is high time that the Taiwan ban comes into place- else it just might be impossible for rodents to survive.
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