Animal testing is used as a method to assess the safety and effectiveness of many products and chemicals (Bishop). Many people deem this acceptable and don’t think twice about the countless animals being tortured. It can be argued that animal experimentation can be valuable and have helped find cures for many diseases. However, the numbers of successes are minimal. Testing on animals is brutal and unnecessary, and should be prohibited in all countries. Each year in the United States, an estimated seventy million animals are hurt and killed in the name of science (ASPCA). While there are many strict policies as to how animals are treated, it is impossible to monitor all testing laboratories. Lab creatures are treated as disposable objects instead of living beings. Being cut into while still awake, vivisection, is one of the main controversial issues of animal rights. This treatment puts a lot of unbearable stress on the animal. The stress that animals endure in labs can affect experiments, making the results meaningless. The stress causes the animals to begin showing strange behavior like pulling out their hair and biting their own skin (Bishop). After enduring this terrible life, most of these animals are killed.
There are many reasons to stop animal testing for many obvious reasons such as it being pure torture for many animals. For a reason not so obvious, animal testing can be very misleading. An animal’s response to a drug may greatly differ to that of a human. For example, LD tests do not measure human health hazards, but only determine hot toxic the product is to the type of animal it was tested on (ASPCA). Each species, human or animal, react differently to various substances. Reactions to a chemical from those of a rat cannot be inferred that a human will have the same reaction. There are a variety of other successful alternatives that can be used as a way to test new products, chemicals and medications. Some of those alternatives include test tube...
1. Berg, Larry. "11 Facts about Animal Testing." Do Something. N.p., 13 July 2012. Web. <http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-animal-testing>.
2. ASPCA. "Animal Testing." ASPCA Kids. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals., 19 Apr. 2009. Web. <http://www.aspca.org/aspcakids/real-issues/animal-testing.aspx>.
3. Bishop, Patricia. "Animal Testing in Depth." PETA. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 2013. Web. <http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/animal-testing-in-depth.aspx>.
4. Shankar, Cheri. "Animal Testing: When Is a Dog Not a Dog?" HuffPost Healthy Living. Huffington Post, 23 Aug. 2010. Web. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cheri-shankar/when-is-a-dog-not-a-dog_b_687085.html>.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document