Essay Animal Testing

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Kenzi Winnegrad
Professor Hojem
2 October 2017
Exploratory Essay: Animal Testing
Animal testing is an extremely controversial topic because it deals with delicate matters and matters of humanity. Animal testing is intended to help consumers buy safe and healthy products, but they are torturing innocent animals by doing so. People that are in favor of animal testing usually are also advocates for medical research and progress, though there have been other proven methods of research. But they don’t think of it as tormenting and killing animals. On the other hand, a lot of people are compassionate about animals and think that testing on them is inhumane. These advocates of the animals think that an animal’s safety should be put …show more content…

The author states that biologically, animals and people are very different. Additionally, “the biological differences between humans and animals make it possible for a chemical or substance to be both safe for animals yet toxic to humans” (Miley, “Cons Against Animal Testing”). There is the legal aspect of the topic to consider also. Many people think that the Animal Welfare Act legally protects animals and that they often are not harmed during testing. But, the author’s thoughts may suggest otherwise. The Animal Welfare Act protects pets like dogs and cats, however it provides no protection for birds, mice, and rats. These birds, mice, and rats “make up more than 90 percent of all laboratory animals” (Miley, “Cons Against Animal Testing”). To not be covered by this Animal Welfare Act means that they legally “are subjected to painful medical procedures and conditions without anesthesia or other forms of pain relief” (Miley, “Cons Against Animal Testing”). This author’s ideas directly conflicts with the ideas in my first source. My last source I found doesn’t really favor either side of the argument. The author provides information about alternatives to animal testing. The author believes that new technology could put forward a better way of testing than using animals. The source offers thorough descriptions of new alternative testing modes, for example, “the human cell-based in vitro” (“Alternatives to Animal Testing”), which

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