Animal Experimentation For Medical And Cosmetic

1637 WordsApr 4, 20177 Pages
Every year, more than 100,000,000 animals, containing mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds die in the United States facilities for the use of chemical, food, drug, and cosmetics testing (PETA). Animal experimentation pertains to the experiments and procedures that are performed on living animals for insight into many diseases, the effectiveness of new medications, examining the health effects on humans because of products, environmental safety for industry and consumer products including household cleaners, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food additives and agricultural and industrial chemicals (Humane Society International). Animal experimentation for medical and cosmetic use is inhumane…show more content…
In this test rabbits are held down with clamps forcing their eyelids open, this can be for several days, this causes them to be unable to blink the cosmetics being tested away (Holden, Constance). The LD50 or lethal dose 50 test is done to determining the dose of a chemical that is needed to kill 50 percent of the animals that are being used in the experiment (Crooks, Richard M). In a study done by Humane Society International, animals are regularly subjected to forced inhalation, force feeding, water and food deprivation, extended periods of being restrained, the purposely causing burns, cuts, and other wounds to study healing processes, the infliction of pain to study its effects and how to alleviate it, and the killing using carbon dioxide asphyxiation, breaking of necks, and decapitation (Culliton, Barbara J). This pain that is inflicted on these animals causes the experiments that are being done on the animals to be cruel and inhumane. Because of the inhumanity many scientists have come up with alternative testing methods that do not include animal cruelty. The legality of this practice should be seriously questioned because on the amount of inhumanity the innocent animals receive. By using alternative testing methods scientists can get the same data about the products being tested without including animals. In these
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