Needless Animal Research, Testing, and Experimentation is Wrong

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Needless Animal Experimentation is Wrong

If penicillin had been tested on guinea pigs, it might never have reached the public. It is lethal to guinea pigs, deactivates the blood system of rabbits and is deadly to cats ("Bio-Medical Research"). Scientists are pushing for more experiments regardless of the cost to the animal's life. "One expense is the involvement of killing animals in the pursuit of a pine-scented air freshener"(Vergoth,p21).

Animals suffering in experimentation labs are in just and cruel to animals. It is wrong to harm an innocent animal of any wrong doing, when the animal doesn't know right from wrong. It is argued that people have an obligation to animals, so that we can protect their welfare.

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More than five billion dollars of federal tax revenue are spent annually on animal research ("Bio-Medical Research"). With that money there could be drug rehabilitation programs, nutrition counseling for the disadvantaged, or even improving water and air quality; but instead animals get experimented on. Animals, like the rest of nature, were understood not have any sort of value, except to bring enjoyment to lives. Animal life has some value (Frey, p27).

Scientists test products on animals to see if they are safe, or if any side effects may occur. Many different companies use tests on animals, such as: the Draize Test and the LD-50, or Lethal Dose 50 Percent.

The Draize Test is used to measure the harmfulness of chemicals found in household products and cosmetics, by observing the damage they cause to the eyes and skin of animals ("Product Testing"). Albino rabbits are used for the eye irritancy of a solution. The rabbits suffer extreme pain, mutilation and blindness. Often the rabbits' eyes are held open with metal clips. The damage to their eyes are irreparable and leave the eyes ulcerated and bleeding. At the end of the test, the animals are killed to see what the internal effects were ("Product Testing").

The Lethal Dose 50 Test kills half of the test group. This test was developed in the 1920's, and is used to measure the acute toxicity of certain ingredients. This test uses 200 animals or more, and the animals suffer
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