Have you ever really thought about what happens during animal testing? How the animals are treated, or what tortures they have to face on a day to day basis? More than one-hundred million animals suffer and die every year through animal testing. Ninety-five percent of animals used aren’t even covered under the Animal Welfare Act, which regulates the treatment of the animals that are used for testing. Animal testing is a cruel, inhumane procedure and should be made illegal.
However, animal testing is very important to understanding the human body. Over the years, we have vivisection to thank for many of our medical advances we have reached this far. Vivisection is the practice of performing the testing procedures that are done on the live test animals. Some say that it is necessary to continue proceeding with animal testing so that we may keep making progress in the medical field. However, this is wrong because we have already gathered enough information to create alternatives for animal testing, yet we still continue to torment helpless animals. We should begin only using other choices to animal testing, since we have them. They are cheaper, accurate, and more precise. Why continue to waste millions of innocent animal’s lives per year when we have other options?
Besides, “animals aren’t as important as humans.” In our society, animals have little, if any rights because humans are the dominant species. It would be more moral to keep human suffering down to a minimum as opposed to animals suffering. But that’s not fair, because animals also have rights. But the Animal welfare Act (AWA) excludes mice and rats from these rights, and they make up approximately ninety-five percent of all animals used for experiments. Just because an animal can’t say no, doesn’t mean we have their consent to perform any of our savage tests. A mouse cannot speak for itself, but no living creature would willingly go through some of the horrendous procedures done on test animals.
Besides, humans and animals are not alike! Where’s the reason in testing products that are designed for humans, on animals? It makes no sense. Animals are going to react different, and then what was the point in testing in the first place, if the results are misleading? Companies can still sell a product, even if it tests badly on an animal. For more accurate results, some companies grow human skin cells in a lab and test on that. That method is cheaper, and more exact. It’s obvious that testing on a creature other than humans is wrong, but the more similar to a human it is, doesn’t that just make it worse? Like chimpanzees. We are ninety-six percent similar to chimps because they are a beautiful, smart species, so that just makes it wrong to be treating them as worthless objects. Is it really necessary to infect chimps with the AIDS virus? Would you want that?
Plus, there are even scientists that agree animal testing is a very outdated form of experimenting. In today’s society...