Before the 1990s, US companies were legally able to use pigs and other animals as crash test dummies.
The animals would be strapped into car seats as if they were a human at the wheel and slammed into walls
to test car safety features.
Luckily, the heinous practice, which killed tens of thousands of innocent animals a year,
was discontinued in the US by the mid-1990s by automobile manufacturers
after public outrage.
While using animals as crash test dummies may be a thing of the past in the States, recent reports show that it is alive and well in China. Images of dead piglet crash test dummies that have made the rounds online have caused public outrage recently.The piglets are starved for 24 hours and denied water for 6 hours. Then, they are strapped into car seats and slammed into a wall at around 30 miles per hour. The disastrous trials left seven young pigs dead and eight others with injuries including bleeding, broken bones and internal bruising. Most likely they too would be left for dead.
Researchers say the pigs are the best option for ensuring child seat safety since the small animals mimic a six-year-old's anatomic structure. But other scientists - even those that don't oppose animal testing - are against these tests, especially since no major car company currently relies on such inhumane experiments.
Additionally, more accurate tests now exist that don't require the killing or maiming of an animal. Computer modeling, 3D medical imaging, and mannequins have been available to car companies for decades to help make cars safer. There is no reason that Chinese scientists need to use piglets then. Indeed, there are no regulations in China that require car safety trials to use animals!
That means, these tests are not necessary, they are cruel! Please sign the petition and ask the Chinese government to end these experiments now.