Animal Testing 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, and guinea pigs. Charles Darwin’s ideas that humans are closely linked to primates created a theory that it was an adequate way to make sure that the vaccines worked and were safe. Today in the US, Animal testing costs over $136 billion dollars to perform. There are almost 400 known alternatives for animal testing; however, society chooses to test on innocent animals. There are many arguments for and against animal testing. It is necessary for medical purposes, however it is a cruel process. There are different types of tests done by scientists; they include, eye irritancy, lethal doses, inhalant tests, and skin tests. Eye irritancy tests are done on rabbits. The tested product is dripped into their eyes. Scientists drip things like shampoo, mouthwash, whiteout, and disinfectant into the animal’s eyes. Most often the rabbit will suffer such ailments as ulceration, bleeding, and even blindness. When the rabbits are done with the eye test, they are often put through other tests as well. Lethal dose tests are when scientists pump products such as cleansers, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals into a test animal's stomach. This is done to find out how much of the product it will take to kill the animal. Immediate death comes from stomach ruptures or from chemical overdose. An inhalation test is when an animal is forced to breathe in huge amounts of products such as air freshener, deodorant, and hair spray until they die from poisoning. Skin irritancy tests are for products such as, nail polish remover, furniture wax, hair removers, and drain cleansers. These products are smeared onto the test animal's shaved skin. The animal will usually suffer from blistering and bleeding, that is very painful. Some of the chemicals eat right through the animal's sensitive skin and kills the animal within hours. Stephanie Chew from PETA says in her documentary, “Deaths through research are absolutely unnecessary and are morally no different from murder.” Animals feel the same amount of pain humans feel. However, unlike human, these animals cannot choose to give or refuse consent to be experimented on. In the United States, the Animal Welfare Act does not protect mice, rats and birds. But according to the Medical Research Modernization Committee, these animals make up more than 90 percent of all laboratory animals. While the physical condition of laboratory animals has always been a cause of debate, concerns about the emotional well being of laboratory animals is growing as studies find more and more animal species capable of showing emotions similar to those of humans. Testing on animals helps scientists to test the safety of medicine without harming humans. Testing has helped scientists to understand the human race and how certain drugs affect the body. Without the process of animals testing, we would not be able to obtain this knowledge without harming people. There are many similarities between humans and various species of animals. For example, much of what we know about the immune system has come from studies with mice, and what we know about the heart and lungs of humans has come from studies with dogs. New drugs, devices,…
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…
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…
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…
ENGL 0870 E02
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…