Animal Cruelty And Animal Testing Essay

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Animal Testing or Animal Cruelty?
It’s a fact that there are situations in which animal research is highly regulated, with laws in place to protect animals from mistreatment, The Animal Welfare Act does not cover rats, mice, fish, and birds, which comprise around 95% of the animals tested. After three dogs were forced to ingest an ibuprofen test substance every day for five days at Charles River Laboratories, they experienced vomiting, diarrhea, appetite loss, dehydration, and other severe symptoms. One dog died and the other two were euthanized a few days after the first dog had died. This is a problem because many drugs that appear safe and effective in humans, fail in animals, or cause significant harm, or even death. I personally believe
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Aspirin, for example, is dangerous for some animal species” (Global Cosmetic Industry).
The 1950s sleeping pill, thalidomide, which caused 10,000 babies to be born with severe deformities, was tested on animals prior to its commercial release. Later tests on pregnant mice, rats, guinea pigs, cats, and hamsters did not result in birth defects unless the drug was administered at extremely high doses.
“90 percent of medications approved for human use after animal testing later proved ineffective or harmful to humans in clinical trials. It is humbling to realize that the flipping of a coin would have proved five times more accurate and much cheaper. Animal-tested drugs have killed, disabled or harmed millions of people and lead to costly delays as well. Among the most publicized are the delays of polio vaccine by over three decades and a four-year delay in the use of protease inhibitors for HIV treatment - after animal testing showed these interventions to be useless.”