Counter Argument Refutation About Animal Testing

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Born to Die

At this moment, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside cold, tiny cages in laboratories across the world. They suffer in pain, ache with loneliness and long to roam free. Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them. The stress, sterility and boredom causes some animals to develop neurotic behavior such as incessantly spinning in circles or even pulling out their own hair and biting their own skin. After enduring lives of pain, loneliness and terror, almost all of them will be killed. The unfortunate aspect is that many of these animals received tests for products that will never actually see approval or public consumption and use. It is this aspect of animal testing that many view as a major negative against the practice. This aspect seems to show the idea that animals die in vain because no direct benefit to humans occurred from the animal testing. The two articles that present benefits of animal testing are “Animal Testing Pros” written by Ranjan Shandilya and “Human Benefits of Animal Testing” by Russel Huebsch. Each of these authors has an interesting stand on the issue and presents some valuable information about animal testing. Although their arguments are mostly convincing, it is an issue that has to be examined on both sides. Is killing helpless animals a necessity or privilege? Would the world come to an end if we stopped animal testing? I do not think so.

In the first article “Human Benefits of Animal Testing” the author mentions that government law, in most cases, requires companies to test all of their products before they get to the market. Moreover, nearly all drugs people use have been tested on animals before they were released for public use (Huebsch, par. 1). When we take it under consideration, animal testing and cruelty simply occur because it is often the cheapest way for a company to...
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