Animal Testing Should Be Banned

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According to the ASPCA, 37-47% of American households are home to a dog, and 30-37% of households have cats (“Pet Statistics”). Pets are usually very important members of the family, offering unconditional love, play, and cuddles. Now imagine someone injecting or smearing chemicals and irritants on or under their skin. Or even worse, squeezing irritants into their eyes, like those found in shampoos or soaps, just to make life easier for consumers. These are only mild examples of the animal testing that goes on every single day around the world, and right here in the United States of America. Animals are kept in lonely, cold, dirty kennels, and some never see the light of day. They are tested on, force fed, and often mistreated even when…show more content…
As it happens, the dog was pregnant, and a pup was taken from the womb of the (still conscious) mother, eliciting angered barking from her. When the pup was held to her mouth, she tenderly licked it, but anything else held to her mouth was snapped at furiously. The crowd delighted in this example of a mother caring more for her pup than her own suffering and torture (Scutti). In 1937, the mass poisoning of many consumers by the “Elixir Sulfanilamide”sparked public outcry. The drug was developed to treat streptococcal infections, and included diethylene glycol. Unbeknownst to the chemist, this solvent was toxic to humans (Scutti). Once the drug was released, it caused the poisoning and subsequent death of more than one hundred people. This mass poisoning led to the 1938 passing of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which required products to be tested on animals before they could be marketed to consumers (Scutti). Fast forward to the twenty-first century, when the European Commission banned animal testing in all cosmetics and the ingredients contained in those cosmetics. On March 11, 2013, the European Commission officially banned the sale, marketing, and manufacturing of cosmetic products which have been tested on animals. Not only have products tested on animals been banned, but products containing ingredients which have been tested on animals were also banned (“Ban on”). In 2009, the Commission banned all

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