August 4, 2017
Animal Testing Should Be Banned
The human body is the best representation of the human soul, that is why it is best to learn about what lies beneath our skin. There are many ways for us to study about how the human body will react to certain substances — some good and some bad. One way humans wrongly gain information is through animal testing. Animal testing is a scientific experiment that focuses on satisfying human needs, such as developing a drug, finding a cure for a disease or testing the safety of cosmetics. Animals are the subjects to these experiments because they have the closest physiology to humans. It is estimated that each year 60% of all animals used in testing are used in medical research and product-safety testing (Animal Testing - ProCon). The experiments involve animals undergoing procedures that are likely to cause them pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm. Therefore, I believe that animal testing should be banned as it is violating animal rights, it causes unneeded pain and suffering to the animals and because better alternatives are available.
There is an ongoing argument in our society towards the ethics of animal experimentation. People have argued that the controversy surrounding the issue is a major problem in the world. In short, ethics are moral principles and it is clearly unethical to sentence 100 million animals to life in laboratory cages and intentionally cause pain and fear (PETA, 2014). An animal should have as much rights as a human being to live a full life, free of pain and suffering. Animals have emotions, they have thoughts and feelings as well. Yet, animals’ rights are violated when they are forced to be used in research because they are not given a choice. To protect the animal's liberty and life, animal testing should be prohibited. For example, The Draize eye test is a process used by cosmetics companies to reduce irritation caused by shampoos and other products and it involves live rabbits being kept in confinements with their eyelids held open by clips, sometimes for multiple days, so they cannot blink away when the products are being tested on them. These animals usually end up with blindness, scarring, and even death. Not only is it unethical to treat rabbits this way, it would be harmful towards the population of it as well. It is also unnecessary for humans to create cosmetics that comes with the expense of the animals’ lives. Products that do not require animal testing are also far more environmental friendly.
It is unnecessary to harm these animals because the science behind animal testing is poor. It is reported that 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal tests fail in humans (The Food and Drug Administration, 2015). Although some animals such as chimpanzees and monkeys nearly share the same DNA structure as humans (98% to be exact), the DNA of these primates are still not compatible for curing diseases in humans. Scientists have actually...