Its’ another morning and the room is white. There are bars all around and the smell of cleaner is everywhere. Soon I see a person holding a tube of something. The person is coming towards me. Suddenly I’m out of the bars and sitting on a table. The person held me down and put the tube against me. It burns! I want to run but cant. My heart rate goes up and I start to tremble. This will be done several times a day with several different tubes. Law requires I get pain medication but it is minimal and wears off quickly.
This is the life of a cosmetic testing rabbit and really, the last way anyone wants to see a rabbit. Sadly, so many are coming to this fate. Many people around the world think animal testing should be banned. The reasons and ideology may be different but the same goal is in mind. Completely banning animal testing is this goal. There are a few main reasons why so many people think animal testing should be banned.
Firstly, animal testing needs more oversight. A likely objection to this would be to bring up the Animal Welfare Act. However, This Act specifies that “alternatives to animal testing should be considered, however, it does not restrict any procedures or conditions to which an animal can be subject too during the course of the experiment that may include pain and distress.” (In defense of animals, 100) Many believe the Animal Welfare Act was able to help with animal testing. However, this quote from the organization In defense of animals. “The AWF [Animal Welfare Act] does not govern the care or usage of rodents, birds, and farm animals because they were exempt. Unfortunately it is these species that make up 80% of all animals used in animal testing.” (In defense of animals, 1o1) So sure, you could protect a few animals with this act, but so many more still remain in need. 80,000 chemicals were drawn up on a priority list to test basic safety information. ( Goldberg,1)
Another important reason why animal testing should be banned is because it is unethical. “The testing of a single pesticide consumes a minimum of two years and approximately 10,000 animals of several species. In these two years decide whether or not the chemical is absorbed through the skin, inhaled or put in food.” (Garner, 69) The range of ages in the test subjects runs from old to a fetus. It is this that should make people ask themselves if animal testing is ethical. Animals have rights just like every other being. ( Regan, 1) On the other hand animals shouldn’t be rights because they are not moral creatures said Damon Linker. (Linker, 1) But shouldn’t we be the moral and ethical ones?
An interesting point was brought up by Robert Gardner, a professor at Leicester, England. Robert Garner has published different texts about animal testing and how it is unethical. The point he made was that the topic of animal testing is becoming speciesist. This frame of mind is considering humans in...