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Should Animal Testing Be Illegal

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In the year 2000 a total of over two million animals were used for testing in the United Kingdom. Around the world, animals are used to test products ranging from shampoo to new cancer drugs. This cruel act of animal experimentation should be illegal. The use of animals for testing is not only inhumane, but most animals being used aren’t genetically the same as humans, it is also expensive to do, therefore wasting government dollars.
The use of animals in labs for testing purposes is inhumane. As English philosopher Jeremy Bentham wrote in his book, An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, “The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?” According to the International Humane Society, animals used in experiments are most likely subjected to force feeding, forced breathing, deprivation of food and water, prolonged periods of physical restraint, the infliction of burns, other wounds, and pain. Most animals that are used for testing aren’t genetically the same as humans, therefore making animal testing somewhat useless. The anatomic, metabolic, and cellular differences between animals and people make animals poor test subjects for human beings. There are better alternatives than using animals as “guinea pigs.” Up to
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The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) spends $14 billion of its $31 billion annual budget on animal research. In Harrison, Roy M., and R. E. Hester’s book, Alternatives To Animal Testing, the use of In vitro (in glass) testing, which studies cell cultures in a petri dish, can produce more relevant results than animal testing because actual human cells can be used. In Vitro testing is less costly than animal testing. An "unscheduled DNA synthesis" animal test costs $32,000, while the In Vitro substitute costs $11,000. All of the In Vitro tests are nearly one third of the price that animal testing
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