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A pig named Alba was subjected to animal experimentation for years before being rescued. Alba, along with other pigs, was subjected to being burned repeatedly so that an unnamed company could test their products on her. Her back is still covered in burn scars from this experimentation. Sadly, Alba is not alone in being subjected to such cruel tests. In the United States alone, an estimated 50 million animals are subjected to being experimented on each year. In these experiments, which take place not only in commercial labs but also in universities, pigs like Alba may have up to 40 percent of their bodies burned. These burns are not minor, indeed many are third-degree burns that are inflicted on the pig in a variety of awful ways. After researchers are done using the animals in experiments, they are often killed. That was the fate that awaited Alba.
Fortunately, Alba was saved from death and brought to an animal sanctuary in New Jersey called Rancho Relaxo. There, she finally was able to live the life she deserved. She has a huge field to roam around in, a spacious, clean, straw-filled hut to sleep in, and even a sister named Gingersnap! Gingersnap is another female pig who was rescued from the same burn lab. In a video posted to the TikTok account @boochaces, the two pigs can be seen enjoying their lives at the sanctuary.
Sadly, animal testing remains far too common. Studies have shown that animal experimentation does not provide information that applies to humans. Consumers should be sure to look for products and companies that do not test on animals. Apps such as Cruelty Cutter and Bunny Free can help shoppers find cruelty-free products. Additionally, look for products that have the Leaping Bunny certification, or PETAs Cruelty-Free certification.
We encourage everyone thinking of getting a pet to adopt instead of shopping. Read more resources about adopting animals on One Green Planet, including 7 Reasons to Adopt Your Next Furry Best Friend, 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Adopt a Pet, and These Heartwarming Before and After Pictures of Adopted Rescue Animals Will Make Your Day! Read tips for pet adoptions and what to consider before adopting an animal. We recommend using these apps to find shelter dogs near you!
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