Everyday people are using products not knowing who, what, where, why or how these products are being made from. Many companies are neglecting the use of animal experimentation by the fact that there are alternative ways to test their products without testing them on animals. If alternative methods have been discovered that are more humane and effective, why aren’t companies using them? By using alternative methods to animal testing, products and some medicines would be cheaper and more reliable to humans.
How ethical is animal testing compared to other methods of testing products for humane medical use? Today a lot of people are just looking for the most effective product out there to use. If animals aren’t used for testing products, consumers are more likely to buy these products. Humans are more at risk for side effects because animals don’t always get accurate results. Animals and humans are not exactly the same so the reaction to a drug in an animal’s body is going to be quite different from a reaction in a human’s body. Also when an animal is under a lot of stress it can lead to un-accurate results. Animal testing costs a huge amount of money as the animals need to be fed, housed, cared for, and treated with a particular experimental substance. Different reactions to different medications are unique to each species of animal. For example, penicillin kills guinea pigs but it is totally inactive in rabbits. When tested on animals the results are not always the same. Alternative methods would be beneficial to companies so that they don’t loose money when people start to not by their product.
Researching on the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) website a Journal of the American Medical Association and British Medical Journal stated that “Animal testing is dangerously misleading” So it doesn’t make any sense for companies to use animals in conducting research especially if it is going to harm the people buying the product. Some scientists have accepted the fact that it can be harmful and have changed methods to save animals lives and also the life of a human. Non-animal research methods consist of sophisticated tests using human cells and tissues (In vitro) advanced computer- modeling techniques, cadavers, stimulators and human studies. Methods like these are being promoted to governments and companies all around the world. For example, In Vitro testing uses chips “instead of animals in disease research, drug testing, and toxicity testing and have been shown to replicate human physiology, diseases, and drug responses more accurately than crude animal experiments do.” These methods take less time to complete and only costs a fraction of what animal experiments cost. Tests like the alternatives are more reliable, more precise, less expensive, and more humane than animal experiments. Scientists can actually take human brain cells to develop a “micro brain” which can be used to study tumors.
Cell culture can be an alternative...