Imagine being confined in a cold cage, trembling, isolated and deprived from the outside world you
800 WordsApr 23, 20194 Pages
Imagine being confined in a cold cage, trembling, isolated and deprived from the outside world you once lived in; suddenly realizing your life is now in the palms of a large human in a white lab coat. Every year in the United States, more than 25 million animals partake in biomedical experimentation, product and cosmetic testing, and science education (Neavs). With countless effective, reliable, and beneficial alternatives relating to the human species for which the drug is for, there lies a question of why we continue to forfeit millions of innocent animal lives. Let alone being unwillingly imprisoned and inhumanely treated, animal experimentation costs not only innocent lives but delay of discovery in medical research and debt up to…show more content…
Many drugs, medicines, and operations that could benefit humans may never be discovered, for they produced no diagnosis in animal tests. Although drugs that fail in animal experiments rarely appear tested on humans, there have been a few evident cases determined. For example, while Lipitor did not appear promising in early stages of animal testing, a research scientist requested that a small group of healthy human volunteers tested the drug, and only then was it found effective and useful. “In many instances, medical discoveries are delayed as researchers vainly waste time, money, effort, and animal lives trying to create an animal model of a human disease” (Aavs).
As well as inhumane treatment and delay of discovery existing as main flaws in animal testing, cost plays a role just as large. An exceptional amount of animal cruelty is supported by the National Institutes of Health, which designates 40% of their annual research budget and funding to animal testing. Animal research and experimentation is a billion-dollar industry, in which more money is lost than gained. Animal importers, breeders, dealers, cage and equipment manufacturers, feed producers, and drug companies spend a significant amount of money on procurement, handling, and upkeep of animals (Neavs). While research founded from animals does not always promise useful results, it is safe to conclude that