Animal research, or animal testing, is the use of animals in scientific researches to study and develop drugs for the life-taking diseases that human beings contract. It has been practiced for hundreds of years. Animal testing helps produced many vaccines and other drugs, like penicillin, and thus, save many human lives. On the other hand, animal testing also causes pain and kills a lot of animals used during the researches that many people oppose this practice. Supporters show their support, while opponents show their oppositions toward this controversial issue that is still in debates today.
In a laboratory for animals, all sorts of animals, such as rats, mice, baboons, dogs, cats, and chimpanzees, can be found. All of them are locked in cages individually, kept away from the natural world of where they should have belonged. In addition, they may be connected to wires or may look aberrant because they are infected with “human diseases.” Scientists “force-feed chemicals to animals, conduct repeated surgeries on them, implant wires in their brains, crush their spines, and much more… usually without any painkillers” (“Life in a Laboratory”). This practice is called “Animal Research,” which has been a controversial issue, placing the public’s emotions into a dilemma.
Have you ever wonder how some of your personal care products were made? By trial and errors, scientists conduct many experiments, not on themselves, but on animals in order to successfully bring the newly developed products into the market. Some of the products are penicillin and many vaccines against diseases, like rabies and measles (“Animal Experiments”). These products would not have been created without the help or even the sacrifice of the animals in the animal laboratories.
Animal research, also known as animal testing, is the use of animals, excluding humans,
in researches in schools, laboratories, farms, and companies to advance medical technology against any man-killing bacteria and disease (“Animal Testing”). Animals are first captured, and then are infected with diseases that they do not usually contract (“Life in a Laboratory”). Finally, scientists experiment on them until an effective drug can be developed for the human world.
Although drugs are produced for the human beings, scientists have been using animals for testing. Many types of animals are captured or bred to be experimented on in animal researches that it is difficult to calculate the exact number of animals used in animal research each year, especially when many rodents are not protected by the Animal Welfare Act (“Animal Research Industry”). “There isn’t a species of nonhuman animal experimenters won’t exploit. Dogs, mice, rats, cats, fruit flies, zebra fish, macaques, baboons, chimpanzees, horses, pigs, chickens, bees, etc., are all up for grabs.”
These animals are supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) licensed dealers, who are sorted by Class A and Class B: Class A supply animals that...