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What Matters 2019 Shortlist

What Matters 2019 Shortlist

Banning Animal Testing

Banning Animal Testing

Nina Barr

Year 7, Castle Hill High School

A happy golden retriever runs free in the wild, happy and serene. All of a sudden, a white van labelled 'MAGGIE AND PHEOBIE'S COSMETICS' in big, colourful letters approaches the young puppy. Curiously, the dog turns around and is stunned to see two not so friendly masked faces. The first one is a tall and thin man who has inky black hair and pasty skin. He is tightly holding onto a metal cage. The second one is a stubby little lady who has a blonde bun so tightly pulled back, so that not one hair can escape. Her chubby hands were covered in thick, pink gloves and they looked as if they were ready to pounce. Seconds later the dwarfish like lady grasped for startled dog. Soon everything went black for the little pup. This is a selfish act us humans perform.

A poor rabbit is stuck in a metal cage in a dull, room. CLIP! CLOP! CLIP! CLOP! Someone's coming. She's in a snowy white coat with a single drop of flaming red blood on it. She has chestnut brown hair with streaks of rusty amber in her hair covered with a clear hair net. The lady gives a sharp and fake smile to the petrified little animal. She slips her thin, transparent gloves on and opens up the iron cage. Confused, the anxious bunny tries to back away from the lady whose shiny badge labels 'VIVISECTOR'.

The lady pauses for a second, and soon she starts pacing around cold room. She awkwardly turns away from the aghast little creature. The scary lady is now rummaging through a cupboard across the room. She starts to mumble strange words to herself. Until, silence. No mumbling. No rummaging. She grabs what she has found and shoves it into her pocket. With a vague expression on her face, the vivisector quickly makes her way back over to the bunny. This time her wicked grin gave off an evil vibe. She picked up the rabbit and dumped it onto the crisp counter and started to poke at it. The woman pulled out a tube filled with neon green, oozy liquid with a tag attached that says,'EYE IRRITANCY TEST 12.0'. After that, she pulled out a needle finer than a thin piece of thread and poured the sludgy liquid into the needle. In seconds, the vivisector injected the needle into the rabbit's eye. Hours later, this rabbit is killed because it is no longer needed in the laboratory. At such a young age, these animals are so innocent, it's so unfair.

On a chilly, foggy, misty morning in the city people start to gather around. Second by second, more people join the big clump. Soon majority of the city's population is in the gigantic huddle. One young lady from the huge crowd shoots her up hand to the sky. She's holding up a sign that says, 'animals don't deserve this'. At the top of her lungs, she yells “WE FIGHT FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS!”. A middle-aged man holds up a sign that says, 'they don't have a voice, so we speak for them'. He starts to call out “WE FIGHT FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS!'. Signs of different shapes, sizes and colours are being help up. They may look different, but they share one thing in common. They are meaningful. While the muster of people chant out “WE FIGHT FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS!”. More and more people start to gather and join all the other protesters. Animals never hurt us humans, so why are we punishing them? Testing animals is the wrong thing to do.