An organic lifestyle can be costly to humans but products contaminated with pesticides are costly to animals. As many as 6,234 rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters are tested for just 1 chemical’s toxicity to humans. The term “lab rat” has been rendered so innocuous that a Disney program is called Lab Rats.
More than 100 million mice and rats are killed in U.S. laboratories every year. They are abused in everything from toxicology tests (in which they are slowly poisoned to death) to painful burn experiments to psychological experiments that induce terror, anxiety, depression, and helplessness.
PETA also figures that for each chemical in a pesticide, 130 mallard ducks or bobwhites are tested for wildlife toxicity and 80 dogs are tested for toxicity to humans.
An estimated 7,400 or more rats, mice, rabbits, birds, fish and dogs are killed in laboratory poisoning experiments just to satisfy government data requirements for a single chemical “active ingredient.”
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reports that for 1 out of 10,000 pesticides, 13,000 animals are exposed to levels “almost always 100 to more than 1,000 times higher than the dose to which humans will ever be exposed.”
weed-killers (herbicides), bug spray (insecticides), rat poison (rodenticides), bird poison (avicides), fumigants (nematocides), and even “germ-killing” soaps and cleaning products (antimicrobials).
Only humans can decide on a pesticide-based or pesticide-free lifestyle. Both are expensive options.