Recently, I received a message from a fellow youtuber, but I had accidentally deleted it. So if you are reading this blog entry right now, I'm very sorry I couldn't get back to you directly.
First of all and foremost, what I'm about to say is my personal belief. It's a sensitive subject, but I have the freedom of believing and saying what I believe, w/in the ethical realm of my profession. Feel free to have your own opinion, and feel free to share them with me. Just don't get too defensive or expect to convert my belief. And remember, there's never absolutely black or white in the real world.
So the youtuber said that since I am going to be a vet, why do I still use animal tested products. Well... to be honest, most companies test on animals. Of course, that should not be a legitimate reason for using animal tested products.
The truth is even when some companies claim that their products are Cruelty Free or they have that bunny symbol, they are lying. Just like any pharmaceutical products, before they can be mass manufactured and available for the general consumers to purchase, they must be tested and approved.
Since no one (human that is) wants to risk their health or life, scientists have no choice but to test these products on animals first. It can be very misleading when some companies claim that they are Cruelty Free, because they are not the ones who did the animal testing. They simply hired someone else to perform the testing and didn't get their hands dirty. So I don't really believe in 100% Cruelty Free products, throughout its development and production process.
That being said, I do have a second thought when I'm buying makeup products that are known to test on animals (e.g. CG). And I also think that animal testing for makeup or skincare products are somewhat unnecessary because there are already infinite choices of beauty products in the market. There's really no need for the constant development...... But guess what, wherever there's demand, businessmen will take the opportunity and supply.
As for research on animals for medical purposes, I am a bit more pro. Just because it's more life-threatening, and we do need cures for many current untreatable diseases. And remember, any scientific findings can benefit both humans and animals in the future.
I don't want to go into too much details...... I'm not saying "I want to test everything on our furry little friends!!!!" Just to reiterate the point that there's no absolute black and white: A lot people in the vet community actually are quite repulsive of PETA propaganda because a lot of materials are very misleading and misrepresented. A lot of vets are actually opposing the Prop 2 that was passed last year because it fails to address many other animal welfare issues. And what do you think about all the vets who are non-vegetarians????
One of my pre-vet friends used to tell me that "To every scientific discovery or advancement, there must be some sacrifice." If you just process that in your brain for a moment, you'll realize it is the reality.
But to tell you the truth, I probably will never be able to become a laboratory veterinarian. I alone may be too weak to make much of an impact. But before enough people do make a change to the current legislation to limit the extent of animal testing for beauty products, it's up to your own judgement to buy what you want.