This Cat — And Many Others Like Her — Spent Most of Her Life as a Lab Test Subject

Amelia的裁剪版本从实验室救出。
从测试设施救出的猫的档案。
Amelia只想躲避世界。但现在,她对访问该办公室的每个人都说你好。 Rescue + Freedom Project

如果您碰巧访问Shannon Keith的洛杉矶办事处,您会遇到一只名叫Amelia的灰白色猫。

作为居民办公室猫,Amelia并没有给游客选择。

“她就像办公室的女王一样,”Keith告诉Mnn。“她迎接了每个人。”

它并不总是那样的。事实上,当Amelia到达时Rescue + Freedom Projectjust a few months ago, the first thing she did was find a hiding place.

Because, you see, for much of Amelia's life, human hands were wrapped in white gloves. And they only delivered misery.

Amelia, like her fellow office cat Phoebe, are among countless cats, dogs — even rabbits, pigs and ferrets — the Rescue + Freedom Project has saved from laboratories across the United States.

Phoebe,一只猫从实验室救出。
另一只救援猫,菲比,与Amelia的办公室分享。 Rescue + Freedom Project

关于动物测试的真相

"Most people don't know that dogs and cats — just like the dogs and cats they share their homes with as members of their family — are being tested on and tortured every single day," says, Keith, who founded the organization in 2010.

Indeed, she adds, at this very moment there are 100,000 cats and dogs at testing facilities in the U.S. But the reason why most people have no idea that animals are laying down their lives for cosmetics and soaps and household cleaners is because companies have gotten very good at keeping that information hidden.

"Many Americans don't even realize animals are being experimented on in their own backyard, by companies whose products they use every day," Keith says. "The thing is, the entire animal testing industry does a really great job of hiding what they do. They don't want the public to know they're testing on animals. Especially dogs and cats."

And the best way to keep that secret? Make sure animals live and die as company property.

“他们不想释放动物,”Keith说。“因为释放动物意味着公众会发现他们在最好的朋友上测试。”

The Beagle Freedom Bill

这就是为什么基思的组织已经如此不知疲倦地嘲笑比格猎犬自由法案通过了。该法案最初被认为是猎犬的生命线 - 具有可疑区分成为最受欢迎的测试对象 - 当测试结束时,将迫使公司将所有动物释放到非营利组织中。

坐在桌上的汽车。
欢迎来到生活的土地,Wynonna。 Rescue + Freedom Project

Having been passed already in nine states, the bill is gaining traction at a time when companies have grown more determined than ever to keep the animals — and the secrets they represent.

“在一开始,当我们非常小时,我们能够与实验室一起工作,”基思笔记。“他们会用保密协议发布给我们。但一旦我们开始变得更大,并开始进入立法,他们就停止与我们合作。因为他们不希望任何人知道他们在做什么。

"Many of them point-blank told me, 'We would rather kill these dogs than give them to you.'"

格子自由法案正在从公司手中窥探那些动物,并使救援+自由项目这样的团体有机会向他们展示一个更好的人类方面。

该组织不仅需要每条条纹的动物,甚至从高杀害避难所救出它们,它也会在找到他们真正的房屋之前愈合它们。

和实验室猫带来了很多心理行李。

经典的猫特质,转向他们

看窗口的猫。
在她生命中第一次,未来为Wynonna发光。 Rescue + Freedom Project

"Cats take longer than dogs," Keith says. "And that's, I think, because of the way they're treated in a lab. Not that dogs are treated well, but cats are treated worse."

In a way, cats may be victims of their reputation for aloofness.

"Cats, specifically, are more abused than dogs," Keith says. "Because the lab workers have less of a connection with cats. So when we are able to get them out — which is few and far between — they're very psychologically hurt.

"They've lived in a cage their whole life. The only interaction they've had with humans is a gloved hand, needles, electrodes..."

当然,那些猫护理人类健康的恐怖。

“这是我们的工作,让他们恢复并让他们相信我们。让他们爱,并知道他们现在要有生活。”

Keeping the issue in the spotlight

但是,虽然比格猎犬自由比尔在更多的州获得了足够的州,但另一个政治幕前正在落在动物测试部门。测试动物的公司可能已经找到了一种从公众秘密的新手段。

“自特朗普政府接管以来,美国农业部在线报废了他们的文件,并删除了法律要求的数据库,让我们知道所有的动物都在哪里以及他们正在测试的内容,”Keith说。

As a result, these animals can live and die anonymously. By removing the online database, the USDA has effectively removed evidence that these animals exist at all.

But Keith isn't going to let them turn the lights off on lab animals.

Rescue + Freedom项目已加入其他几个动物救援集团,以便将美国农业部致法,并强迫原子能机构将其数据库返还在线。

For now, Keith is focused on the animals that made it out alive.

Last week, the group rescued 20 cats.

“其中几个来自动物测试设施,”她说。“在杀死之前我们救了他们。我们在洛杉矶的高杀死避难所救出了我们的死亡行。”

所有这些都需要一个家。但在花费之前,他们需要救援+自由项目 - 他们可以将所有可怕的行李留在那里,并了解一些人的手抓住希望的光明。

Close-up of cat with half-closed eyes
Phoebe,就像她的办公室伴侣,那就是一个真正的家。 Rescue + Freedom Project

认为你可能想要支持基思的使命吗?甚至给他们一个救助的猫是一个真正的家?Get in touch with Rescue + Freedom Project here