The Truth about Animal Experimentation

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The Truth About Animal Experimentation

Millions of animals are used in scientific and medical research, including mice, rats,

rabbits, primates, cats, dogs and other animals. They are locked inside cold barren cages in

laboratories across the country. Unfortunately all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next

terrifying and painful procedures that will be performed on them. More than 100 million animals

every year suffer and dies in cruel chemical, drug, food and cosmetic tests, and curiosity-driven

medical experiments (PETA). The Federal government and many health charities waste

precious dollars from tax payers and generous donors on cruel and misleading experiments, even

if a product harms animals, it can still be marketed to you. There is a growing movement of

healthcare professionals including doctors, scientists, and educated members of the public who

are opposed to non-human animal-based experimentation on specifically medical and scientific

grounds. They argue that animal research is based on a false premise, that results obtained

through animal experimentation can be applied to the human body (Whitecoatwelfare).

To test cosmetics, household cleaners, and other consumer products, hundreds of

thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed by cruel corporations. Mice and rats are

force-fed pesticides, and rabbits have corrosive chemicals rubbed into their skin and eyes. U.S.

law allows animals to be burned, shocked, poisoned, isolated, starved, drowned, addicted to

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drugs, and brain-damaged. No experiment, no matter how painful or trivial, is prohibited and

pain-killers are not required. Even when alternatives to the use of animals are available, the law

does not require that they be used and often they are not. Animals are infected with diseases that

they would never normally contract, tiny mice grow tumors as large as their own bodies, kittens

are purposely blinded, rats are made to suffer seizures, and primates' skulls are cut open and

electrodes are implanted in them. Experimenters force-feed chemicals to animals, conduct

repeated surgeries on them, implant wires in their brains, crush their spines, and much more.

Many of these tests are not even required by law and they produce inaccurate results

(PETA).The side against the animal test proclaims that the main reason for conducting

animal tests is to earn profit at the expense of animals and avoiding lawsuits from unsatisfied

consumers. Animal rights activists believe that animals have as an equal right to life as that of

human beings, they also propose that alternatives available to animal experimentation such as

computer and mathematical models be employed that can replace animal experiments without

abusing animals (Buzzle).

Research reveals that only five to twenty five percent of the animal

tests and human results are agreeable. Most drugs passed by animal tests are now discarded as

useless to humans, then why test in the first place? (Buzzle). The conditions under which the

animals are subjected to human experimentation have caused tumors in rodents, while the animal

tests results were declared to be of little relevance for humans. It is interesting to note that

eighty-three percent of substances are metabolized differently by animals and humans. Most

medical experts agree that data from animal tests cannot be extrapolated safely to human

patients. Genetically modified animals cannot be models for humans illness. In fact, eighty-eight

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percent of still-births on record are caused by drugs that are passed as “safe” in animal tests


The most famous example of the dangers of animal testing is the Thalidomide tragedy

of the 1960s and 1970s. Thalidomide, which came out of the German market late in the...
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