How many of you have pets at home? Now, how would you feel if your pet was kept in a small cage without interaction with other animals? What if researchers shaved your pets fur off and then doused them with harsh chemicals to see if their skin will blister and burn? Or if you had a rabbit and chemicals were poured into his eyes to test the irritancy of the chemical? (Rhetorical Question). The chemicals burn like fire. (Simile). Remember that your rabbit does not have tear ducts and cannot wash the chemicals out. Now, imagine the feelings of pain, anxiety and suffering, both physically and psychologically that these animals endure every day, only to soon be killed so researchers can study their brains. Sad, isn’t it? This is the harsh reality of animal testing, a controversial issue in today’s society. Animal testing affects you in many ways including the development of medical treatments and if you have pets in your home. I believe that animal testing should be prohibited. In order for you to understand more about animal testing, I will explain the debate, outline my reasons for supporting the prohibition of animal testing, and conclude with action you can take if you also disagree with animal testing. In order for you to understand more about animal testing, it is important to know what animal testing is. Animal testing is the use of non human animals in experiments, including mice, rats, rabbits, dogs, many species of monkeys, and others. The testing that is done determines the effect that a product will have on humans. There are many different tests done in many facilities around the world. In the United States, there are some guidelines that help protect the animals, including the Animal Welfare Act. Supporters of animal testing are people who believe that animal testing is necessary. They would argue that since animal testing has contributed to many life saving cures and treatments, that animals are appropriate test subjects. They would also argue that alternative methods are not adequate and not needed. They believe that the Animal Welfare Act as well as other rules and guidelines are enough to protect the animals from mistreatment. And finally, they believe that animals do not have rights, which makes it acceptable to test on them. People in opposition to animal testing can argue the same points. They would argue that animals do not make good test subjects for many reasons, adequate alternative methods do exist, animals are not protected from mistreatment, and it is not right to test on animals. Animal testing does concern you. I believe that animal testing should be prohibited for multiple reasons including that animals do not make good test subjects, adequate alternatives do exist, animals are not protected from mistreatment and it is not morally right. First, animals do not make good test subjects. Their body systems are very different from the human body and they react differently than a human would to certain chemicals. Examples of differences in reactions would be that drugs that cure cancer in mice work minimally in humans. This is because the tumors in mice originate in different tissues than tumors in humans, which causes the cells to behave differently (Dawn, 216). Mike Leavitt, Health and Human Service Secretary tells us “...nine out of ten experimental drugs fail in clinical studies because we cannot accurately predict how they will behave in people based on laboratory and animal studies” (DeMello and Williams, 175). Because of the differences in animal and human body systems, researchers can also potentially overlook cures and treatments. The differences in body systems causes problems with safety of drugs for humans. 94% of drugs that pass animal tests fail in clinical human trials (“Animal Testing”). A famous example of this would be in the 1960s when a drug called Thalidomide was released. Along with its release came multiple reports of years of animal testing. It was given as a sedative to…
Animal Testing Right or Wrong?
The number of animals killed each year in the United States, is from 17 million to 70 million animals. Even though, the Animal Welfare Act states laboratories must report the number of animals used in experiments; mice, birds, and rats are not included in this number over all. According to the Society of Animals, these animals are used in 80 to 90 percent of all animal testing. Animal testing may not directly affect people…
A Test to Die For
Animal experimentation is an ever growing issue of modern culture and just like many debates one side is labeled the hero and the other a villain, but in the case of animal testing it's not so black and white. There are many good reasons to be against animal experimentation like in reference to the methods of testing or animal rights but for most the reason is that of moral or personal. And in many cases most people choose to be against animal testing before they even consider…
The number of animals killed each year in the United States alone varies between 17 and 70 million. The Animal Welfare Act (ACA) states that laboratories must report the number of animals used in experiments; yet mice, birds, and rats are not included in this figure. These animals are used in 80 to 90 percent of all animal testing. Because of this, it is impossible to calculate the exact number of animals used in such experiments (PETA, 5).
Animal testing might not directly affect ordinary people…
Against Animal Testing
Humans guarantee each other many rights including happiness, dignity, health care, employment, voting, and free speech. These rights come in to question when taking away non-basic interests, such as comfort or quality of life, or losing interests that lower a quality of life. We then create a system in which we must choose which beings deserve and do not deserve certain treatments to meet our own desires. This is why some companies and organizations have begun to create…
Animal testing has been going on for far too long. Whether it is to test a new cosmetic or develop another medication, scientists have used animals as a way of testing out new drugs and products before they are used on humans. Each year animals are blinded, force-fed, genetically altered, injured and more. They are kept in tiny, uncomfortable cages just to test something new. These innocent animals are hurt for science and the results might not even hold true for humans. While some may think that…
Animal Testing: Necessary and Humane in Modern Practice
History of Animal Testing
Diseases Treated in Animals
Parvo, Leukemia, Rabies
Diseases Treated in Humans
Polio, Anthrax, Smallpox
Laws Governing Testing
Negative Aspects of Testing
Loopholes in Law
Alternatives to Animal Testing
Conclusion Animal Testing: Necessary and Humane in Modern Practice
The struggle against sickness and disease is not over, yet medical progress is being threatened by activists…
Every year, 20 million animals are mutilated, blinded, scalded, force fed chemicals, genetically manipulated, hurt and killed for research and science. Three fourths of these animals die for medical purposes and the rest are killed for tests on various products. Mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, and other animals are used for these cruel tests. Animal testing first started in the 1800’s for creating vaccines for children. The animals they tested on were monkeys, mice,…
Animal Testing, Inhumane or Not?
By: Chris Persaud
Imagine unsafe chemical compounds used recklessly on innocent animals, causing illness and even death. Just for the purpose of creating a new perfume.
Sadly, this is the truth behind a lot of big named make-up and perfume companies, as well as other companies using potentially dangerous chemicals. To test the chemicals animals are used to experiment and modify said chemicals. Various pains and afflictions are thrown at these animals in the name…
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December 2, 2013
Many products today require companies to test their products regularly and securely. They test their products in plenty of ways. The worst controversial way is animal testing. Animal testing has grown every year it has been in use. Activist groups are forming in an alliance to try and stop these companies from hurting innocent animals. Although some people think that animal testing and research…
different ways. Issues related to animal experimentation are commonly debated in society, since each year lots of animals are hurt and killed in laboratories. Testing on animals is a very controversial topic. Some scientists see the benefits of testing on animals, but there are also some who see that testing chemicals on animals is not necessary since there are alternative methods. Many reasons can be explained behind the fact that animals are constantly used for testing. Isn’t cruel to harm helpless…