ADDICTED TO ANIMAL CRUELTY - EXTENDED VERSION - ANIMAL TESTING AND THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY
In one study, they strapped dogs down and cut their throats open to permanently install a tube that forced the dogs to smoke cigarettes. This filled their bodies with tar that caused some of the dogs to develop cancer, bronchitis, and pulmonary emphysema.
In other “research,” they painted mice with highly concentrated cigarette tar and injected it under their skin. They even forced tar into the respiratory tracts of little hamsters to see if intense exposure to tar would cause cancer. Some of the animals grew tumors that the researchers said were “spontaneous” and “were in no way due to the effect of the injected material.” So, these animals grew tumors, just not the “right kind of tumors.” With these results, they said that people couldn’t get cancer from smoking.
In the late 60’s, they were running smoking experiments with rabbits and mice where the animals were developing emphysema. Hundreds of rabbits and mice died. Any normal company would have had a massive recall. But what did they do? The FIRED the scientists, BURIED the findings and SHUT DOWN the study. Then they continued to deny smoking caused any health problems for DECADES.
Internal industry documents from just ten years ago show that one major tobacco company is quote, “committed to using animals in scientific research only when necessary.”
Torturing and discarding countless animals just to make cigarettes? Really?
Is smoking worth it?