Rebuttal: Should Animal Testing Be Banned (Pros):
My fellow classmates, there are various emotional and factual reasons by animal testing in the United States should be banned. Many animals such as rats, hamsters, rabbits, cats, dogs, and primates languish in pain. For all you know the pet that you adopted could have been sent to a laboratory to undergo extremely agonizing tests. Many of these creatures are locked inside cold, barren cages in laboratories across the country. Much of these animals are forced to undergo excruciatingly painful procedures and 95 percent of these procedures usually end with death according to PETA.org. More than one hundred million animals each year suffer and die from chemical testing, cosmetic testing, food testing, medical training exercises, biology lessons, and curiosity-driven medical experiments. In order to test consumer products, such as household cleaners and cosmetics, the animals are blinded, poisoned, and/or killed by these corporations. Much of these tests are pointless and are not even required by law to be performed. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) paid the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences about $400,000 to conduct mercury inhalation on animals. Not only is this a gruesome experiment, but scientists have known the danger of mercury for many decades. In addition, this is a pointless experiment. The EPA is spending thousands of dollars of the taxpayer’s money on these unnecessary experiments. Scientists are trying to duplicate the same effects that arsenic has on rats as it did on humans when humans were exposed to it. The rats are forced into contraptions that resemble medieval torture devices. However, there are many non-animal alternatives have been available and in widespread use by European countries since 1994 and can be conducted for a small fraction of the cost of animal tests. One of these methods is an embryonic stem cell testing, which uses mouse cells to assess toxicity in...
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