Animal Testing

By: Alyssa Magadanz

What is animal testing?

Animal testing is the process in which animals are used to experiment on. Some examples of this are: using a new hair product on them, makeup, soaps, etc. to see if its safe for human use.

My Questons~

Are there alternatives to animal testing?

Can we stop animal testing?

Did you know?

  1. Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year.

  2. 92% of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials because they are too dangerous or don’t work.

  3. Labs that use mice, rats, birds, reptiles and amphibians are exempted from the minimal protections under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

  4. Up to 90% of animals used in U.S. labs are not counted in the official statistics of animals tested.

  5. Europe, the world’s largest cosmetic market, Israel and India have already banned animal testing for cosmetics, and the sale or import of newly animal-tested beauty products.

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Pros of Animal Testing

  • Animal testing has contributed to many life saving cures and treatments

  • Animals are appropriate to test on because they have similar to humans in many ways

  • Animals themselves benefit from testing

  • Animal research is highly regulated, with laws in place to protect animals from mistreatment.

  • Animals often make better research subjects than human beings because of their shorter life cycles.

Cons of animal testing

  • Most experiments involving animals are flawed, wasting the lives of the animal subjects

  • The Animal Welfare Act has not succeeded in preventing horrific cases of animal abuse in research laboratories

  • Medical breakthroughs involving animal research may still have been made without the use of animals

  • Religious traditions tell us to be merciful to animals, so we should not cause them suffering by experimenting on them.

Animal Testing

Products that were not mentioned in the video

House hold products:


  • Windex
  • Post-it notes
  • Trojan Condoms
  • Mars candy
  • Band-aids
  • Iams pet food
  • Vasline
  • And more!



Cosmetic Brands:


  • ALMAY
  • MAC
  • Maybelline
  • Aveeno
  • Stila
  • AVON
  • Head and Shoulders
  • Caress
  • Dove
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Revlon
  • Clinique
  • Dior
  • And many more!

The yes side of testing

“On the outside, you don't want to hurt animals. But animal testing helps both human AND animal health. You probably don't understand that animal testing also helps major diseases, all the way to a simpler one, like the common cold. In a Cambridge laboratory, the cure may have been found, due to animal testing!!! You can choose what side you want, but for the greater good, vote pro!”(Debate.org)

“Animal testing is beneficial for a multitude of reasons but the main reason is if we got rid of animal testing who would we test the products on. We cannot test on humans because it's inhuman and a form of torture. This subject itself is a double edged sword. We cannot please the public with testing on animals or humans.”(Debate.org)


“Do you want to put our child, a loved one, or yourself on a surgery bed and give them to a doctor who has only practiced surgery type demonstrations on only foam or on a computerized program? I would trust a doctor who has had practice on actual tissue and cadavers aren't always available. The animals they test on have no use otherwise. Not all of them were wanted as pets and would have been killed in nature in a more violent way. Animal deaths in the wide are more vicious and violent than in a lab. Animal testing should be done, but it should be done the right way where there is minimal to no pain to the animal and a successful cure or medicine is created.”(Debate.org)


“Animal testing is beneficial for a multitude of reasons but the main reason is if we got rid of animal testing who would we test the products on. We cannot test on humans because it's inhuman and a form of torture. This subject itself is a double edged sword. We cannot please the public with testing on animals or humans.”(Debate.org)

What concerns are raised by Animal Testing?

  • It causes suffering to animals

  • The benefits to human beings are not proven

  • Any benefits to human beings that animal testing does provide could be produced in other ways

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The answers to my questions~

Are there alternatives to Animal Testing?

Yes, there are alternatives such as EpiSkin™, EpiDerm™ and SkinEthic—each composed of artificial human skin—can save thousands of rabbits each year from painful skin corrosion and irritation tests. Another example of this is the 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Test can replace the use of mice and other animals in the testing of medicines and other products for their potential to cause sunlight induced "photo-toxicity."

Can we stop animal testing?

Sadly no, I don't believe we can. According to my research it seems that it is almost impossible to stop Animal Testing all together because we need to use the animals for more of a real life example to see if something will work or not.
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My opinion

This is my bunny Mocha pictured above. She's going to be 3 years old this summer and knowing that bunnies like her are being used makes me sick. I feel that Animal testing is extremely wrong in many ways. There is no reason to be hurting innocent animals just to experiment on them and see if your product is safe for humans. Using alternatives would be a much better idea. For example, if we needed to test on blood we could have a person donate some to the labs and they could use that instead of killing a helpless bunny to use for the experiment. Another example would be using chickens that have already been slaughtered to test eye creams. I am thankful for the products we have out there, but it wasn't worth killing an animal over.