Animal Testing

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Animal testing has been a topic of debate for many generations. It is difficult to imagine a common house hold pet subjected to extreme procedures of the mildest and painless form to the harshest form imaginable. I am talking about your average mouse, rabbit, cat or dog. At the same time, consumers want to be assured they are using the safest products available, and people want science to find cures for life-threatening diseases. Lately, science has tried to prove out theories and hypnosis through computer algorithms but we still have to rely on physical subjects like the animals referenced. There is no public argument that says we should not test products before entering the market, the debate is the method by which these products should be tested. Animal testing is necessary for biomedical research, but should be eradicated for vanity reasons in terms of cosmetics.

There are various forms of testing and research. When it relates to cosmetics, the most common procedure is acute toxicity tests. The subject, generally a rabbit, is exposed with substances in deodorants and hairspray by spraying the product directly around the animal while confined in a tight space. This procedure determines the lethal toxicity of the substance. In most cases, the rabbits are placed in full-body restraints. The end result generally ends with the demise of approximately 50% of the subject animals also known as Lethal Dose 50 or LD50. (Monamy, 2009) The substance may also be rubbed onto the subject's skin for hours and later examined to determine degree of irritant. There are alternative testing available that would not include non-human animals. For example, a Skin Square Test that contains human cells was developed to test for toxicity in products. There are also sophisticated computer modellng programs that can predict the toxicity in substances.

Animal testing for the purpose of aesthetics should not continue. Further developments of cosmetics should be based...
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