Minette Steyn
Is Animal Testing Necessary? (Topic 1)
Do you know what happens to that beautiful white bunny, the moment it sets its paw into a testing laboratory or even worse what this vulnerable animal and many others are physically subjected to?
95% of animals used in experiments are not protected by the existing Animal Welfare Act signed into law in 1996, which excludes birds, rats, reptiles and fish (Unknown, 2015). The previously mentioned animals are the animals most used during experimental testing. The purpose of animal testing procedures is to further research on biology and diseases, but now they are not only being used for these purposes but also for research on cosmetics, household cleaners, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
Animal Testing is no longer the only option for research, available to scientists, there are many other methods which can be used to gather information (ProCon.org, 2015): therefore all research companies still making use of animal testing should be closely monitored and should suffer legal repercussions if they continue to use animals in this cruel manner.
Animal Testing is cruel and inhumane. According to the Humane Society*
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According to ProCon.org clinical trials which are thought to be successful when tested on animals actually fail 94% of the time when tested on humans (ProCon.org, 2015). We must therefore ask the question: is the pain these animals suffer worth the results?
Opponents say that animal testing is necessary and that it should continue because animal testing has contributed too many life-saving cures and treatments. According to ProCon.org however it is no longer necessary as alternate testing methods now exist, such as artificial skin being made from human cells and the artificial skin then being used to test chemicals for skin products. These results would be much more accurate and would prevent animals from being

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