The Evils of Animal Testing
Imagine your pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, or rodent, huddled in the corner of a small cage, eyes wide with fear, waiting for the next routine experiment to be performed on it. Will the creature be cut open and exposed to a potentially poisonous substance this time, or sprayed in the eyes with some foul smelling perfume? Just because its not your pet, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care. You wouldn’t want experiments preformed on your dog, why should other animals be any different? Animals should not be put through any sort of cruelty so that humans could have the latest consumer product. Testing is used on animals such as dogs, cats, sheep, hamsters, guinea pigs, and primates, (Real Issues) not only on “disgusting rodents” such as mice and rats being tested on. Animals should not have to undergo physical harm and emotional stress for the sake of our vanity, i.e. cosmetics and perfume, nor should they have to suffer because the average consumer isn’t satisfied with the standard home cleaning products. Animal testing dates back to the 1920s and is something that has to be restricted, when concerning consumer products. Although cruelty-free products are available on a larger scale, all products should be made without animal testing. It is estimated that in 1994, ten to one hundred million animals were used in scientific experiments (Finsen 16). Currently the same problem is at hand: “Product testing today accounts for between a fifth and a quarter of all animals used in science. Most of these animals are used to test drugs” (Yount 44). For product testing, some of the more infamous experimentations include the “Draize” test and the LD50 test.
Product testing includes two irritancy procedures. The first test is the “Draize” test, one of the more widely known experiments. The product is applied to the eyes of rabbits. The rabbits are confined to cages where their eyes will deteriorate for three to four days while the degree of...
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