In the United States alone, more than one million animals die every year from chemical, drug, or cosmetic testing. Is our vanity really worth the inhumane suffering of millions of animals around world? Just like my photo of monkeys being restrained and forced to participate in unjust testing? Animal testing in cosmetics should be discontinued because animals ' lives are being wasted, animals will not always have the same reactions as humans, and there are so many other alternatives that are more beneficial than testing on animals. However, there is an abundance of animal testing happening today that only leads to the high demand of animal lives.
claim 2- Drugs that pass animal tests are not necessarily safe. Evidence - For example, the 1950s sleeping pill thalidomide, which caused around 10,000 babies to be born with severe deformities, was tested on animals prior to its release. That was tests on pregnant mice, rats, guinea pigs, cats, and hamsters did not result in birth defects unless the drug was at extremely high doses.Animal tests on the arthritis drug Vioxx showed that it had a protective effect on the hearts of mice, yet the drug went on to cause more than 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths before being pulled from the market. Now, do you believe we share the same DNA with animals? Refutation - yes, some of this products do work, but would you want to risk it?
Also, animal experiments are an act of looking at animals and ignoring their basic rights as living beings. However, animal experiments completely neglect these aspects. This being so, it sometimes even leads to the argument of animal cruelty. Do you know how many animals are being killed by the test? According to the research, more than 100 million animals are used in experiments each year and around 12 million animal experimentations are conducted in Europe alone each year.
Studies have shown half of the products tested on these animals do not have the same outcome when a human tries it out. As laboratories test on these animals if not affected they do not disturb them out to the public. The animals die due to the fact they injected them with a virus or an infection and can not find the cure for it. Sometimes these injections are too strong for the animals to take and die with in seconds after the shot. Third, animal testing is very expensive.
Finally, the modern zoos were built in 1793 in Paris, France. (“National Geographic,” n.d.). Moreover, it was proven in a study that almost 54% of elephants in zoos have behavior problems and 40% of lion cubs die before one month of age. (“10 facts about zoos,” 2010). I believe that we should eliminate the captivity of wild animals.
Millions of animals are abused and left to die a long exhausting death each year. Many people don’t know that the cosmetic products they own are tested to see if the products are safe for humans. In the process of the testing animals are tested using harmful chemicals that often burn the animal’s skins and the ruthless workers leaving them to die a long painful death. Animal testing is inhumane and should be banned. Animal testing kills and tortures millions of animals each year.
“45,000 people die each year in traffic accidents, 47 from lightning and 1,600 by falling down stairs. 1 by captive big cat, 0.81 by captive elephant, and 0 from humanless primate a year.” (REXANO) This is a poorly thought out statement. It compares some of the largest causes of death in America, with a very small amount of the deaths caused by certain exoticly owned pets. The thought of keeping a wild animal in captivity is also very inhumane. Many animal rights activists have to deal with the fact that the REXANO (Responsible Exotic Animal Ownership) supporters, are fighting against what they believe is right.
Which is more effective, testing on animals, or humans? Considering, Stacy Vale Karron, author of Death Row Inmates in Clinical Trials: The Benefits of Human vs. Non-Human Subjects stated that an example of a time when animal testing failed, was back in 1958 when the new morning sickness drug, thalidomide, was introduced to doctors. More than 10,000 babies were born with phocomelia. With the 10 strains of rats, 15 strains of mice, 11 breeds of rabbits, 2 breeds of dogs, 3 strains of hamsters, 8 species of primates and in other such varied teratogenic effects it shows that animals do not get many of the same diseases humans do, including but not limited to certain types of heart disease, cancers, HIV, Parkinson’s disease, and schizophrenia. Karron had stated, “ Scientists and doctors recognize that while animals are biologically like human beings, they are not identical.
According to Zuzana Kukol a REXANO (Responsible Exotic Animal Ownership) co founder states that, “In the last 10-16 years, 1.5 people on average gets killed yearly by captive reptile, 1 by captive big cat, .81 by captive elephant .125 by captive bear, and 0 by captive nonhuman primate,” (Kukol). This is practically nothing when you look at the 45,000 from traffic accidents. To sum up, as long as you take responsibility in caring for your exotic animal there is almost a near to none chance of you begin killed. Some may say that owning an exotic animal is a threat to public safety, but this is an over exaggerated claim when you look at the facts. Scott Shoemaker another REXANO co founder quotes that “No uninvolved public has ever been killed in the USA since 1990…”(Shoemaker).
In a recent survey of more than 1,500 parents, one quarter held the belief that vaccines can cause autism in healthy children (Daley and Glanz). However, this notion is highly false. In 1999, former doctor Andrew Wakefield published a now disproven study that connected the vaccine for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) to autism. Wakefield took a sample study of 12 children who had been given the MMR vaccine and analyzed them for any gastroenterological symptoms that are associated with autism. Based on his observations, he concluded that because eight of twelve children had intestinal abnormalities, the MMR vaccine had a link with autism.