Animal testing, or animal research, is the use of animals in scientific tests to determine the safety of substances for humans. It is estimated that about 100,000- 200,000 animals are mutilated and/ or slaughtered for cosmetic, drug, food, and chemical testing. “Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year.” Although this fact is dispiriting when you really think about it, there is a plethora of animal testing benefits.
Is it acceptable to put the lives of creatures in harm for the help of humans? Or to lock them in cramped areas and test on them constantly to benefit us, but cause their lives to become worse? Locked in tiny cages these animals are denied the ability to roam free in an effort to solve health issues of the human race. Every year over 100 million of the animals experimented on die in the laboratories due to this experimentation that supposedly helps to find cures for humans. These cures scientists are finding aren’t even aimed to help animals, and they live horrible lives as a result of these confining living spaces in addition introduction to diseases they wouldn’t naturally develop.
Is skipping that ten-minute drive to the shelter really worth putting a pet in that bad of a situation? These animals are starving, dehydrated, lonely, and sometimes even injured or hunted by another animal that wants to eat them. A quote on Pinterest says,”Life on a chain is no life at all. If you don’t want them in your home, you shouldn't have them.”
Abstract Human life is precious, then how about animals? Ending human life is considered as unethical and this is against the law. However, this does not apply to animals. Even though most families treat their animals as part of their family members, animal euthanasia is still a controversial issue nowadays. Millions of dogs are euthanized in each year and several methods are used by the veterinarian to put the animal to death.
2.0 Body Content 2.1 Reduction A way of justifying animal testing is to reduce the number of animals involved in animal testing. In 1970s, 5.5 million of various animals including chimpanzees, dogs, mice, rabbits, monkeys etc. are involve in the medical research field as test subjects for various experiments (PETA, 2014). However, some experiments were not beneficial to the development of the medical field but cost over a million dollar. In the United States of America, 16 billion dollars had been used on animal experimentation- 1.9 million dollars are used on the experimenting on heart diseases on dogs conducted by Ohio State University, 5 million dollars were used on obesity experiments conducted by Oregon National Primate Research Centre, while 16 million dollars were used by Harvard University to fund 1200 individual experiments on drug addiction by using monkeys as test subjects. Although animals were sacrificed in the experiments, most experiments did not reach its goal due to flaws causing a waste of life (Grant, 2013; Peta, 2014).
Every year, millions of animals were suffering or killed due to scientific research. Some animal rights groups suggest that we should ban animal experiments because use animals for experimentation is cruel and animals should have the same right of living as human beings. A report from U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that more than 100 million animals are killed in U.S. laboratories for biology lessons, medical experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing. There are some other people believe that the death of animals will help and save millions of human lives. Personally I believe that the experimentation on animals for scientific and medical should not be stopped.
First of all, the conduction of animal experimentation can be easily rejected because of the immorality and cruelty that comes with it. Every year at least 115 million animals die in laboratories due to animal testing (Taylor K., 2008) and the numbers are steadily increasing. The shocking statistic proves that it has come to a point where we should ask ourselves, is it really worth it? Animals, like humans, are living organisms that are sentient and are capable of suffering. Conducting these experiments only make animals seem like tools used for the progress of humanity, stripping away the factor that they possess the same right to life we abuse every day.
However, both sides agree that it would be beneficial to reduce animal suffering by finding alternatives to this practice. On one side of the spectrum, supporters of animal testing point out how valuable the practice is to scientists, and the medical advances that have stemmed from animal research. According to the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR), “…practically every drug, treatment, medical device, diagnostic tool or cure we have today was developed with the help of lab animals” (“Benefits of Biomedical Research”). The FBR is clearly stating that, without the help of animal testing, medical advances would be nearly impossible.
Conducting research on animals for human purposes is something that has been practiced for centuries. However, this topic has become extremely controversial after numerous loud outcries from animal rights organisations such as well-known PETA, Mercy For Animals, In Defence of Animals, and many others. Society has become aware of some spine-chilling and alarming statistical analyses which show that only in the US, more than 25 million animals are used for testing purposes on a yearly basis. Such insight divided the world on those who accept the sacrifice of animals for the sake of enhancing human lives, and on those who are completely startled by the sheer cruelty and lack of humanity in the 21st century. And yet, it is difficult to be completely biased and think we should stop animal testing once and for all.
Humans use makeup for special occasions and medicine to help with a sickness. Due to this scientist try to make new makeup and new medicine, and they do this with animals. From a diversity of animal species, to animals of all ages are used in terrifying research and tests. Over 100 million animals die each year just from make up, medical research and testing. Some people hate rodents including mice and rats, but using them for testing is not okay.
Animal testing has always been a controversial and emotive topic. Each year, millions of innocent animals suffer and die in cruel chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics tests, as well as in biology lessons, medical training exercises, and curiosity-driven medical experiments at universities (“PETA Makes Its Case Against Animal Testing” 3). Think of any drug, cosmetic or household cleaner. Chances are, at one time or another, an animal suffered in order to put that product on the shelf. As many as 800 animals are sometimes tested, experts note, before a drug is determined to be safe enough to proceed to a clinical trial (“Animal Testing” 2).
According to the New England Anti-Vivisection Society the anatomic, metabolic, and cellular differences between animals and people make animals poor models for human beings. This would be fair to say that we have spent millions of dollars on testing animals, Okay I’m going to use a scenario let’s say rats alone we spend
“These animals receive tests for substances that will never actually be used… it seems the animal died in vain” (Murnaghan 1). To take a life in such a painful way for no reason is a horrible thing to do. It is immoral, the scientists quickly appear to be that of murderers in this case; to take a life for no true purpose. There is also an extreme difficulty to get animals to test with, the specific animals are bred to be tested on. “Animals are expensive, there’s a lot of hassle and paperwork, and there are the extremists…”
Unfortunately Alive Millions of innocent people died in the many years Holocaust of 1933. In 2016, millions of innocent animals die every day during mass slaughter and experimentation as David Sztybel said in "Can the Treatment of Animals be Compared to the Holocaust?". Animals have been treated cruelly ever since the Ancient Greeks and Romans viewed them solely as possessions, but the first humane society against animal cruelty was founded in 1824(animal rights). Soon after, the start of animal testing began and said societies had to intervene. However, their attempts weren 't as successful as they had hoped because animal rights are still being fought for today.
They are born with a death wish. Poked and prodded, dreadful day to day protocol. Animals aren’t unlimited test dummies. They were put on this earth to live out their lives just as we are and to take that birthright from them is an injustice in itself. There needs to be laws that make animal testing in The US illegal, and maybe that will set an example for the rest of the world that this is morally incorrect and cruel.