It is hard to imagine a life without the childhood trips to the zoo, the circus, and other animal based attractions. It is even harder to imagine a daily life without digging in to a hamburger and washing it down with a cold glass of milk. It is almost impossible to imagine a life where one does nothing wrong, but it subject to abuse and torture for selfish purposes of another species. Animal exploitation is a common yet overlooked practice all around the world. Helpless animals are poked, prodded, and slaughtered without acknowledgement due to the satisfaction it brings to the human race. However, if it was known what happens behind the scenes of the making of your dinner or the production of your favorite show at SeaWorld, the lives of tortured animals could change forever.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” (Mahatma Gandhi). Scientists have been using animals for biomedical research for centuries. They provide a source to get information scientists can not get without harming humans. A lot of debate is spread about whether it is good or bad. Animal experimentation is a controversial topic because it is helpful to humans, but it is also cruel and inhumane.
For centuries humans have dedicated their time and research to animal experimentation. A large number of these animals are being utilized and taken from their homes involuntarily. They are abused, mishandled and harmed for our own benefit to create products such as cosmetic supplies, vaccines, and medication.
Animal experimentation is a brutal way to see if products are going to be able to be used on humans. When scientists test products on animals, it causes the helpless them to be in excessive amounts of pain. The animals experience murderous tests like drilling into their skulls, and burning their skin, and eyes. Even though animal experimentation helps to find new diseases and medicines that are safe for humans, scientists should not use animals to experiment on because it doesn't always work ,and the tests are causing unnecessary harm to living animals.
Research on living animals has been practiced since at least 500 BC. An estimated 26 million animals are used every year in the United States for scientific and commercial testing. The use of animals for scientific testing should not continue because animal testing can be cruel, some animals aren’t protected by law, and there are alternative testing methods.
Organisations such as PETA are against the use of animals in all experiments. They create petitions for people to sign, they provide articles for everyone to read. They also help people find out more about the companies that test on animals. Other organisations include The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments who run campaigns that help end animal experimentation. They have several active campaigns that are aimed to stop things such as cosmetic testing, the testing of botox and they also have a program called REACH which works to save millions of animals affected by chemical poisoning. BUAV are a London based organisation that undertake undercover investigations in animal testing laboratories. They support alternative methods of product testing and are widely recognised for their work to stop animal experimentations. Products we all use everyday are tested animals include: Maybelline, Vicks, Chapstick, Stila, L'oreal, Vaseline, dove the list goes
Ninty two percent of drugs tested on animals immediately fail when first tried on humans. Each year 100 million animals are killed in labs for biology lessons, and experiments made off of curiosity. The animals get force feed, forced inhalation, low food and water, long periods of physical movement, burns and other wounds to study how they heal.
Since the discovery of disease, medical professionals have been looking and testing for cures. When looking for a cure or treatment for a disease you go through a series of steps. These steps are full of possible treatments, looking at your progress through a microscope, and then finally testing your possible treatment on live animals. I believe that this step is crucial to finding treatments because although the possible cure works perfectly in a petri dish may in fact be poisonous to living people. Animal testing for medical research is also impacts the effectiveness of prescription medication and even it finds treatments for animal ailments.
Animal testing is a rampant controversial issue in today’s society. Safety tests are conducted with a massive range of chemicals, including: new drugs, vaccines, cosmetics, household cleaners, and packing materials. Approximately 4 million animals have been/will be used in safety tests. Tom Regan, a philosophy professor at North Carolina State University states: “Animals have a basic moral right to respectful treatment… This inherent value is not respected when animals are reduced to being mere tools in a scientific experiment.” Animals that are used in these safety tests are subjected to tests that are often painful or cause permanent damage or death, and they never have the option of participating or not. There are plenty of reasons for understanding
There are many animals around the world that suffer every year from testing of cosmetic products. Animals ranging from rats, guinea pigs, rabbits and even dogs are violently mistreated in the process. Several tests are used on them to examine chemicals necessary to create products utilized everyday by people from all around. The public needs to be informed of the kind of abuse these innocent animals undergo and what should get done in order to end this cruelty. Together as a society, we can save the lives of thousands of innocent animals.
Imagine you are a rat. You are pulled out of your families cage and onto a cold metal table held there firmly by a strong white glove. He pulls out a vial and its has this weird looking liquid inside. You hear the sound of plastic being ripped off of something he holds whatever it is above the vial. Slowly he extracts some of the liquid from the bottle. He pulls you closer to the strange thing that has the liquid in it. You try to escape but quickly he jabs a the needle into your back you squeal in pain. The guy with the white gloves sets you pack in your cage with this smirk on his face. A couple days go by and you are terribly sick. The next day you fall asleep, your family tries to care for you. But its no use you end up dying. That’s what happens to animals that are being tested and some of the tests fail, it’s not the only way for a cure, and it is costly. Animals should not be tested on!
Animals and humans are biologically different from each other, so results from animal experiments can’t be applied accurately to humans. Other than cosmetic companies needing insurance for their products, scientists and research use animal experimentation to collect data to use for medicine and vaccine purposes as well. With the inability to conduct reliable and plausible data, animal testing is useless. According to Christine Stevens, “Misleading results from experiments and tests using the “wrong” animals [biological differences are incapable to be compared to human anatomy due to inaccuracy] mean that the hundreds of thousands of death were worse than useless. They have cluttered the scientific literature with false conclusions virtually
I strongly agree with the con side of the Article(animals shouldn't be used for testing) for the simple reason that they are alive as well as feeling pain. People are too. It needs to stop,as long as it doesn’t, it only turns People into bigger monsters. It’s also a big waste of money on inaccurate experiments that waste animals’ lives.
Observation and experimentation are how we as humans have been able to learn more about ourselves and the world and universe we live in. One of the most common methods of experimentation is animal testing. However, there are controversies surrounding animal testing. There are some that believe animal testing to be cruel and overdone, advocating for the eradication of the practice and further reliance alternative research methods. Groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other animal rights advocates fall in this category. There are some that believe animal testing to be an invaluable resource and should continue, such as some scientists and research groups. However, there appears to me to be a consensus that is closer to the middle: the belief and understanding that while there are benefits to animal testing, there are flaws in the practice and there should be changes to increase its efficacy while we simultaneously explore alternate testing methods. Many scientists and the National Institute of Health (NIH) subscribe to this idea. I aim to explore the benefits, problems, and implications of animal testing in order to reach a more informed conclusion about a position that is most validated by the information I have used.