Horrors of Animal Research, Testing, and Experimentation Essay

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The Horrors of Animal Testing

The torture and murder of millions of animals annually has been occurring for centuries now. Every year we ignore it, and every year the numbers grow. The act of vivisection or the practice of experimenting on animals began because of religious prohibitions against dissection of human corpses. After religious leaders lifted these prohibitions, it was too late. Vivisection had become a major part of medical and educational research. As well as major part of product testing in many companies. Experimenting and testing on animals is morally wrong because, it is inhumane and torturous. We, as a country, should not condone cruelty to animals. Why is it a person can be charged with a crime for not feeding
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The number of animals tortured and killed annually in United States laboratories varies from seventeen to seventy million. These numbers come from the Animal Welfare Act, which requires the report of animals used in experiments. But, this act does not cover mice, rats, and birds. These are the animals used in 80-90% of all experiments. Because these animals are not covered by the act, they remain unaccounted for. We can only imagine how many animals actually suffer and die each year.

The three most prevalent uses for animals in testing are for medical purposes, product testing for companies, and educational purposes. Testing for medical purposes has been ongoing for several years. In fact, The National Institutes of Health in the United States is the largest funder of animal experiments. It uses seven billion tax dollars in grants annually, of which about five billion goes toward studies involving animals. The Department of Defense spent about 180 million on experiments using 553,000 animals in 1993. Examples of these torturous taxpayer funded experiments at military facilities include wound experiments, radiation experiments, studies on the effects of chemical warfare, and other deadly and maiming procedures. An example of how our money and animals lives are wasted is the AIDS experiments on chimpanzees. Animal experiments are not useful in how AIDS affects or infects humans. Even when injected with the AIDS virus chimpanzees
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