October 8 2013
Over 100 million animals are subject to being burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in laboratories throughout the U.S. What is even more disheartening is that up to 90 percent of animals that are used in laboratories throughout the United States are not inclusive in the official statistics of animal testing (dosomething.org, 2013). Although animal testing does have social and economical benefits, animal testing should not be conducted due to the following reasons: It is very expensive, it holds to be invalid due to contrastive anatomies and environments animals and humans physically bear, and acts of animal testing are inappropriate as well as inhumane.
Conducting animal tests can become quite costly. Each year, taxes are paid to our state from committed citizens and are contributed to animal testing. Some questions that may be asked are, “How much of our taxes are being contributed to animal testing?” or “How much does animal testing cost?” According to their article, “More Than $16 Billion in Taxpayer Money Wasted Annually on Animal Testing”, PeTA well elaborates on just how much of the common taxpayer’s money is being wasted on animal testing: Ohio State University
$1.9 million – for cruel heart attack experiments conducted on dogs University of Wisconsin
$3 million – for cruel fighting experiments conducted on mice Oregon National Primate Research Center
$5 million – for cruel obesity experiments conducted on monkeys Harvard University
$16 million – for cruel addiction experiments conducted on monkeys. Instead of funding for cruel experiments that are being conducted on animals, America can utilize this squandered amount of $16 billion on more useful and beneficial conditions. Taxpayers can contribute to hiring additional teachers to contribute to educating the youth of this nation, or contribute their taxes to monthly provision for the 1.6 million veterans who are currently homeless or at risk of losing their homes (PeTA, 2013). Taxpayers can even give back to federal income in order to support and contribute to millions of households throughout America. Instead of squandering the yearly incomes of taxpayers on the cruelty of animal testing, this money should be contributed to those who really need the help, and in this way, the good American dollar can go a long way and can aid in saving lives, jobs, homes, and futures. Not only is animal testing very expensive, but animal testing also holds invalidity due to the physical contrastive anatomy and environment of humans vice animals.
Testing animals in order to discover a cure or medicinal solution to human conditions tend to be quite fallacious. While there may be similarities found between certain species of animals and humans, the similarities are just that: they are similar but they are not the same. In biology, science proves that the specimen containing the closest physical attributes of the human anatomy is a cat. Although cats are biologically similar to the human anatomy, primates are the most similar to humans in terms of behavior, conduct, and some physical attributes – such as the opposable thumb. Reviewing these simple scientific facts reveal that if animals are tested for human purposes, more than one specimen of animal needs to be tested in order to achieve a solution. Why? Animals are not the same as humans. Not only is the biology of animals contrastive to humans but also the conditions and environments that humans live in vice the environments and conditions animals are captive to for testing. Everyday, we humans dwell within our natural habitats; however, animals that are subject to testing do not. Ian Murnaghan, author of the article “Using Animals for Testing: Pros Versus Cons”, asserts, “…because animals are in an unnatural environment, they will be under stress. Therefore, they won’t react to the drug in the same way compared to their potential reaction in a natural...
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PeTA. “More Than $16 Billion in Taxpayer Money Wasted Annually on Animal Testing”. PeTA. Peta.org. Web. 2013. 9 October 2013.
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