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‘I began having nightmares’: Former animal tester reveals the reality of working in animal research

Eventually, Slusher realized he didn't want to be involved with hurting animals ever again. He went vegan, and now speaks out against animal research, calling it ineffective and wasteful.

CBC: ‘Growing up, Michael Slusher loved animals. He had pet rats, lizards, and the typical dog and cat. So when he decided to combine that affinity with his love of science and make a career out of it, he thought it was the best of both worlds. But he didn’t know that would lead him down a path he now regrets. Slusher’s first job out of high school seemed innocent enough. He was paid to record the weights of rats for a lab that was doing animal research. But soon he was trained to do other tasks, like injecting the rats, and eventually euthanizing them by asphyxiating them with carbon dioxide… Eventually, Slusher was also tasked with euthanizing dogs and monkeys and he said it was hard not to make attachments.

Slusher said he bought into the view promoted by his supervisors and believed the work they were doing would make a difference… Eventually, Slusher realized he didn’t want to be involved with hurting animals ever again. He went vegan, and now speaks out against animal research, calling it ineffective and wasteful… Slusher said he feels research is advancing to a point where animal testing is no longer necessary, with alternatives like computer modelling, or microchip testing… Slusher has since shared his concerns in his book They All Had Eyes: Confessions of a Vivisectionist’. SOURCE…

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