Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 6/17

End animal testing

I feel that all animal testing should be put to an end. It is unethical, inaccurate and unnecessary. There are plenty of alternatives to the practice of testing on animals and there is no need for it to continue.

Animal experimentation is cruel because it causes immense physical pain to the animals. The tests cause the animals to swell, bleed, convulse, and in some cases, they even die. For example, in one common test called the median lethal dose (or LD 50), animals are force-fed a substance until 50 percent of the group dies. This is clearly an unethical way to test for the safety of products.

What is even worse is that these torturous tests are not even 100 percent accurate. Animals have different metabolisms and absorptions than humans. Therefore, chemicals affect them differently.

In other words, we are killing animals for faulty test results. We can use alternative tests that will save these animals from pain or death.

Changing the tests would be easy. There are many alternatives to the animal tests that are just as accurate, if not more accurate. I hope to see a change in the way cosmetic industries test for the safety of their products.

Christine Schoenfeld

San Luis Obispo

The modern populist

Ignatius Donnelly, a populist, said this in 1892: “We meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot box, the legislatures, the Congress and touches even the ermine of the bench. The people are demoralized ... our homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished and the land concentrating in the hands of capitalists.”

Populists were a more enlightened bunch in those days. They followed the money and saw the devil in the corporate elite that was the average American’s enemy and anthesis.

Tea partiers want to be populists and most are very sincere, concerned and truly distraught. Unfortunately, they insert “the government” as the demon instead of America’s economic model of corporate greed and power. That’s easy enough to do, as that economic model has run our government since the Civil War.

I question that a modern populist has the stuff to really see the problem. We are too undereducated on purpose, subsist on controlled news and are bred like a hybridized cash crop to simply consume. We are so easily blinded about what would be good for America by the richest 1 percent that isn’t us at all.

Bill Weatherford

Morro Bay

Jobs given away

No matter what side of the immigration issue you are on, can we all agree that nobody is taking American jobs but rather American jobs are being given away?

Janet George

Pismo Beach