Purpose: To persuade my audience that animal testing is wrong and unethical
Relevance: animals are people too and no one wants an animal to suffer for the wrong reasons
Imagene being taken to a place where you are locked up, with barely any room for movement, in a small cage. You are taken every once in a while to get your hair shaved off, and things rubbed into your skin that could potentially make your hair never grow back, or it burns you and makes your skin bleed. Or maybe you get a substance put into your eyes and are kept with that substance in your eyes for two weeks and you go blind. These are a few things that happen to animals that are used for research and although animal research has helped to find cures for some virisus, such as polio, there are more efficient and ethical ways to do so that do not involve the suffering of innocent creatures. My purpose today is to tell you about the truths of animal testing; what animal tesing is, how unreliable the data is in animal testing, and alternatives to animal testing that would save many lives of animals that could be going to a new home and not a lab for research.
I’ve had many animals in my life and I know that if one of them had been taken off to be put into a research lab, it would break my heart. We’ve all had pets at some point in our lives, so could you stand for that sort of treatment to be given to your animals like that of a research lab?
(Transition: So first, I would like to tell you what animal testing is and give you a few examples of tests that have been used on animals.)
I. Animal Tests
A. According to Swami in 2008, animal testing, or animal research, refers to the use of
animals in experiments within academic, research, or commercial
establishments. This includes the tesing of products such as cosmetics, lotions, and shampoos.
B. In one test, the eye iratancy test, nail polishes, cleaners, and other chemical substances are placed into the eyes of rabbits and left for two weeks to see a result of the addition. Most each and every time this test is done, the rabbit goes blind and is then killed as it can no longer be used for research.
C. One test was done to a cat that the organization P.E.T.A. (People for the ethical treatment of animals) was able to find records and pictures of taken by the researchers themselves. I would like to read what the members of this organization found.
“Double Trouble was subjected to invasive surgeries on her ears, skull, and brain. In the first operation, a stainless steel post was screwed to her skull so that her head could be immobilized during experiments. In the next surgery...experimenters cut into her head and skull and then applied a toxic substance to her inner ears in order to deafen her. Experimenters also implanted electrical devices deep inside both of her ears during this surgery. Following the surgeries, Double Trouble was subjected to experimental sessions in which her head was bolted in place and she was restrained in a nylon bag and forced to listen to sounds coming from different directions. Double Trouble was deprived of food for several days before these sessions in order to coerce her into cooperating in exchange for a morsel of food.
Double Trouble's health rapidly deteriorated. Records say that she was observed twitching, which the clinical notes indicate was a "neurological sign." Her face became partially paralyzed and the head wound that experimenters created during surgery also never healed. More than three months after her last surgery, the records describe her wound as "open, moist w/bloody purulent discharge, [with] moderate swelling."
An antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection resulted from Double Trouble's wound, but experimenters still forced her to endure almost two months of this misery. One of the last...