Argentina: Terrible Cart Horse Suffering – Animals Killed Within Months Of Being Stolen.

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When most people think of Argentina, they think

of romantic tangos and perhaps of the musical Evita.

But they will be shocked to know that Argentina is

also a place where appalling, almost unbelievable

abuse of carthorses takes place.

The horses, many of which are stolen, are literally

worked to death, pull overloaded carts until they


While they lie dying drivers cut off chunks of flesh

to sell.

Once stolen, the horses live for just a few months

because they are so poorly fed and get no

veterinary care. They are routinely flogged

with iron-embedded whips to goad them into

pulling carts overloaded with heavy cargo.


We can tell that many Argentinians are right-handed

because so many carthorses are blinded in their

right eye by drivers wielding vicious whips.


When the horses die their bodies are callously

dumped, often in rivers that run through shantytowns.

There are some 100,000 carthorses in Argentina.

Their lives are short, brutal and filled with neglect

and abuse so extreme that it has to be seen to be believed.

In Argentina, Network for Animals is working

with volunteers to end this disgraceful situation.

Ill-treatment of carthorses is illegal, but police

and government mostly turn a blind eye to what

goes on.

In Quilmes, a very poor area of Buenos Aires,

there are an estimated 5,000 carthorses who

endure lives of hell. It is cheaper to steal another

horse than to care for one.

Local people are fighting to have the Argentinian

government ban horse-drawn carts and Network

for Animals is with them every step of the way.

It will take a long time to get a ban, so in the

meantime we work together to enforce the law

that forbids ill-treatment of horses and we rescue

every horse we can.

It’s dangerous work. Romina Port, a brave,

passionate and dedicated volunteer told us:

“I have had guns held to my head and my life

threatened. Once when I was trying to rescue

an injured, suffering carthorse, I told the owner

I was going to give the horse a better life.

He took out a knife and slit the defenceless

horse’s throat, saying: “this horse doesn’t

deserve a better life”.

On a recent rescue mission, we found Tessa.

She was trying desperately to pull an overloaded

cart, she had no horse shoes and was being whipped.

Mark, if you could have seen her, head drooping

exhausted, emaciated, frightened and starving.

We rescued Tessa, now she is in a horse sanctuary

where she will live happily for the rest of her life.

This is how we will win the battle, one horse at

a time. I have pledged to fight for the carthorses of Argentina.

Please, please help me. Give generously to Network for Animals to help us end this horror.






Virtual Humans – Conclusion: better results, better medication, NO suffering animals.

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Oxford University researchers demand: We should test heart medicines on “virtual humans” in the computer instead of tormenting animals for it. How far is research here now?

Computer simulations are a faster, cheaper and more effective alternative to animal testing and will soon play an important role in the early stages of drug development, “Elisa Passini, Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford, said in a detailed article on the latest findings in the field.

Millions of animals have to suffer – but computers deliver the better results.

To develop new medicines that can save lives, we find ourselves in a moral conflict: how to determine the risk of a new substance for humans?

So science relies on animal experiments, with all its consequences. This could one day end, because fortunately, computer systems and software are developing so rapidly that they provide increasingly better results in virtual experiments – even better than the questionable animal experiments.

Studies on new drugs and their potential effects on the human heart are 75 to 85 percent accurate in animal studies – that’s good, but far from optimal.

The latest research by the University of Oxford with computer simulations of the “virtual man”, however, come to 89 to 96 percent accuracy.

Conclusion: better results, better medication, no suffering animals.


Computer instead of animal experiments: where is the “catch”?

Although computers are becoming more and more powerful, research on drugs is also pushing modern systems to their limits. While the simulation of a single (heart) cell requires a few minutes, in a 3D model of the entire heart it would be considerably more complicated. “The simulation of a heartbeat can take about three hours in a supercomputer with nearly 1,000 processors,” says Passini.

There will be limitations and hurdles in the future: The human body is complex and has evolved over millions of years – so hoping for a quick miracle in the form of the complete abolition of animal testing should not be expected. “The complicated interaction within the human organism can not be broken down so easily on a computer simulation or a chip,” said Gilbert Schönfelder of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recently compared to the “world”.

So we are still at the very beginning of a development, which, after all, has already been proven in small areas.

Sources: The Conversation, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Welt.