So I’m pretty sure that I have mentioned on past posts that even before I had gone vegetarian I would not buy animal tested products. It never made sense to me. On a medical level the animals they test on have such a different composition than humans that it is a waste of lives and on the level for product safety it was simply inhumane. PETA has a list of companies that animal test and I refuse to support those companies (though looking at the list toady I noticed a few that I didn’t realize now have parent companies that test.)
Ok, now that I have explained myself I may move on. Awhile back a couple of my friends (one who is vegan) volunteered for a photo shoot in order to make a calendar where the sales would go to breast cancer research. They also did a special promotion night where they were getting together some bands to play to help raise money. There was a vegan band that declined the offer because “vegans don’t believe in cancer research.”
Prior to this I had never thought about this aspect of veganism. My mom and grandma are breast cancer survivors and my sister and I our pretty much guaranteed to be 4th generation breast cancer victims. It is in our genes. I have already decided that when I get diagnosed I will have a mastectomy and decline treatment, but that is a personal choice. Now my family has been given a bigger dilemma, our cat has been diagnosed with a terminal disease and I need to choose whether or not to give him medication to make his final days more comfortable, medication that I know animals in labs have lived in pain and suffering until finally losing there lives. Unfortunately, I am unable to explain the situation to the cat or ask his opinion.
With this weekly article the responses have been minimal but they are getting a lot of people to check them out which means if nothing else people are being given something to think about. With this piece I am not looking for advise as much as for feedback if you have had a similar experience or your thoughts on cancer treatments in general. Thanks again to all of our supporters, you make this blog worthwhile.