Cons of Research Animal

By Zeeshwan, and Abhi

The cons of Research Animals

Animal Research

By: Zeshawn and Abhi

In the US it is estimated that 26 million animals are used every year for scientific and commercial testing.

95% of animals used in experiments are not protected

Animal testing is cruel and inhumane.

According to Humane Society International, animals used in experiments are commonly subjected to force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, prolonged periods of physical restraint, the infliction of burns and other wounds to study the healing process, the infliction of pain to study its effects and remedies . The Draize eye test, used by cosmetics companies to evaluate irritation caused by shampoos and other products, involves rabbits being incapacitated in stocks with their eyelids held open by clips, sometimes for multiple days, so they cannot blink away the products being tested.

Animals are very different from human beings and therefore make poor test subjects.

The anatomic, metabolic, and cellular differences between animals and people make animals poor models for human beings.

Drugs that pass animal tests are not necessarily safe.

The 1950s sleeping pill thalidomide, which caused 10,000 babies to be born with severe deformities, was tested on animals prior to its commercial release. Later tests on pregnant mice, rats, guinea pigs, cats, and hamsters did not result in birth defects unless the drug was administered at extremely high doses.Animal tests on the arthritis drug Vioxx showed that it had a protective effect on the hearts of mice, yet the drug went on to cause more than 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths before being pulled from the market.