Animal Testing is Unnecessary

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Alexandra Casola
Aicha Mein
English Block B
May 9th, 2013
Animal Testing is Unnecessary
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”-Gandhi. Animals suffer as much as humans do, therefore why should we treat them any differently than we treat each other. Some animals feel more pain in testing labs then humans do when they are retested (Thomas 84). Animal testing is pointless and immoral because it is an inhumane way of torturing innocent creatures, results differ between humans and animals and there are scientific alternatives that can be used. Firstly, animal testing is a cruel way of torturing innocent creatures. When animals are tested on they are put in horrible living conditions in order to try products and see if they cause pain irritation or health problems to the animal. Animals are located in immoral living conditions like “becoming immobilized in restraining devices to prevent them from struggling. This form of testing is probably by far the worst of its kind; These animals that undergo tests just for a new lipstick or perfume live in tiny, crowded cages in fear of pain and suffering” (Animal Testing: Why it is morally offensive). These animals are tested on a daily basis and must live with the irritation that is caused by these tests without any of the soothing creams that humans have. Some experiments require animals to be starved or blinded in order to perform these tests, an example being kittens that were deprived of light for various periods of time at different ages in order to find if they could discover why some children are born with eye malfunctions. In certain experiments they lock apes in cages and starve them in order to perform different tests (Gray 112). This means that researchers knowingly put primates through pain, which humans do not have to suffer, in order to prove their theories. Another form of animal testing is dissection in schools in which they are killed in...
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