The practice of animal testing is unethical as for the procedure done to animals is distressing. In many cases, animals are often tortured and killed during the experimentation. Some of the animals which were not killed are left to survive in despair. Just like humans, the pain and fear that they feel can be unbearable. According to Bastach (2013), University of Wisconsin were financed to cut cat’s brain, drill their skull, wire their eyes with coils, making them deaf and let them die of hunger.
One problem is even animals are the closest thing to a human, they are still very different. The anatomic, metabolic, and cellular differences with animals and humans make animals poor test subjects for humans. People also are against animal testing because there is alternate texting methods now. Another flaw is 95% of the animals aren’t protected by the Animal Welfare Act. These animals are rats, mice, fish, and birds, which are about 95% of animals used in research.
Are Zoos Unethical By:Kalynn Deppe An issue that has been hotly debated since the brink of zoos has been whether they are ethical or not. Although some believe that zoos can be beneficial to animals, thousands of research has shown this not to be true. The main reasons zoos are devious is because, there artificial environments are harmful, the animals are more prone to diseases, and it can damage children's views on society. To begin, zoos are unprincipled due to the fact that they take animals out of the wild and place them in synthetic environments that have failed to meet the animals designated standard of living. For example, research has shown that some larger animals need for space is not fulfilled in their confined cages.
Animal experimentation is unacceptable because it is unethical. The article “Animal Experimentation” it states, “many people object to the use of animals in scientific studies because the animals are denied their freedom and often suffer serious injury and discomfort.” People disagree with animal experimentation because the animals do not have the freedom to choose. Animals cannot speak for themselves to tell whether or not they want to get tested on, because of this then the animals that are tested on suffer a lot of discomfort and injuries. Another reason why animal experimentation is unethical because it is unreliable. In “Animal Testing is Bad Science” states that “The Federal Drug Administration has noted that 92 percent of all drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animal test fail in human trials because they don’t work or are dangerous.” This shows that doing experiments on animals are unreliable and do not always have the same effect on humans.
As Natacha Cole says, “ Many cosmetic companies test their new products and ingredients by forcing rabbits, hamsters, and mice, among others, to endure horrific practices such as breathing in poisonous fumes or having lethal chemicals poured into their eyes and rubbed into their skin,” and she tells later that the animal abuse is way outdated and should be changed to a more reliable source that was a scientific advancement like “artificial tissue testing” and “test tube testing”. In fact, the usage of animal testing has hindered the growth of scientific knowledge about chemicals and ingredients in the cosmetic industry as well as the tests are very expensive and also take longer than other methods. (Mone) The diversity between rats and humans also makes it way harder to understand why scientists actually believe these tests work. In “New Models in Cosmetics Replacing Animal Testing,” Gregory Mone tells that, “The significant physiological differences between humans and the mice, rats, and other animals used to evaluate the safety of chemicals also can limit the validity of the results,” which shows that testing on these animals is not absolutely necessary or dated for today. There is also computer modeling programs that can be used for testing.
During animal testing, many animals are killed after experimenting on them and the others remain alive with injuries and in captivity. 95% of the animals tested are not protected by Animal Welfare Act including mice, fish and birds and they are all suffering abuse and mistreatment. Even with the protection provided by the Animal Welfare Act, some horrific cases of animal abuse in the laboratories wasn’t prevented. Some people also find it immoral to test and experiment on animals for the human benefit saying that animals have feelings and do suffer like humans which makes it unfair to experiment on them what cannot be experimented on humans only because they do not have the ability to express their feelings. However, animal rights supporters only oppose scientists but not the farmers who kill animals daily for food but call the scientists cruel for killing animals for the advancement of medical field although, 99% of animals killed are by farmers while only 1% are by scientists (Ian, Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?).
Animal testing is a controversial topic with lots of different opinions and ideas on both sides regarding to the ethics of this practice. Although many animals are abused and killed every year a cause of this cruel and painful method, scientists, cosmetic and drug companies continue to face opposition due to the fact that they use animals for the safety of their products and medical research. Some feel that this procedure goes against animals rights, while others see the positive impact that animal testing brings to humans. What is animal testing? For scientists, animal testing is the ‘‘use of animals to develop medical treatments, determine the toxicity of medications, and check the safety of products destined for human use, commercial, and health care uses’’ ( Pro con, http://animal-testing.procon.org/).
Testing on animals will make them blind, sick, and many more dangerous actions. Animals should not die or be harmed for unnecessary products. They will make more animals die for products that not everyone needs. The research will harm all types of animals that could be endangered. A bunny becomes bond just so we can use mascara.
Animal experimentation is wrong because animals can register pain just like humans, the medication is not reliable, and money is lost when it is ineffective. Scientist are intentionally infecting animals with diseases, force-feeding chemicals, blinding, burning, mutilating, and leaving them to suffer (Moore 1). There some actions that can be taken to reduce the amount of animal experiment that is being done. The three R’s research replacement, reduction, and refinement (Conlee 1). Scientist can develop a bond with their subject and begin to care to for the animal subject.
People still support animal testing even through there are other better ways to test cosmetics and drugs that don’t hurt any living being. Animal testing is unethical to the animals and isn’t as effective as other materials we have access to. Animal testing brings millions of animals a world of pain. It’s cruel and unethical to sentence millions of living and breathing animals to a life of torture and pain. And according to a Listland article, animals used for animal testing aren’t even protected by the animal welfare act, a act that protects research animals from harm.