Embargo Expirimentation

The Dark Side of Animal Expirimentation

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A Taste of the Test

In 2010, Massachusetts used more primates for testing than any other state: 7,458. ("Animal Testing: ProCon.org") Many of those primates suffered force-feeding, restraint, and starvation under the hands of scientists. These practices are invasive and usually lead to death. In many other countries, these primates would not be touched, as the U.S. is one of only two countries in the world that allows primate testing. Many of the tests performed on the chimps have failed on humans because we do not have the same DNA. Yet no matter how disastrous the results, the law requires all make-up, drugs, hospital equipment, and medical procedures to be tested first on animals. Animal testing subjects include birds, fish, rats, mice, guinea pigs. sheep, reptiles, cats, dogs, and sharks. (Gleason 18) Animal experimentation is wrong because it is an inhumane and cruel practice and brings harm to people by producing inaccurate results.

The Other Side

Cold-Blooded Chemists

In the U.S., over 25 million animals are used in biomedical experimentation, product and cosmetic testing, and science education. ("Harm and Suffering") Many animals are subjected to diseases for research or poisons for toxicity testing. The subjects are often maimed, blinded and burned. To get the animals to comply, the scientists uses restraints that hold the neck, head, legs and pelvis. The overuse of restraints cause animals to use many of their natural reflexes and instincts. (Rollin) The facilities are very crowded and messy while many of the lab personnel lack experience and training. Members of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) found a video showing baboons being knocked unconscious for experiment without proper anesthetics. Other primates were exposed to radiation and then forced on a treadmill. Many died after five days. This video made it clear to common people that animal experimentation is a cruel and inhumane process.
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Defective Development

In 1796, Dr. Jenner made a startling discovery -- injecting people with small doses of cowpox make them immune to smallpox. (Owen 38) This was the breakthrough that caused other scientists to begin testing on animals. Jenner was surprised, though, when he later realized that his "cure" did not work as effectively on children. In fact, it may have done more harm than good. Many other animal-tested drugs have produced disastrous results. In the 1950's, scientists tested a sleeping pill called Thalidomide on pregnant mice, rats, guinea pigs, and hamsters. But when swallowed by human mothers, the pill was responsible for 10,000+ babies being born with severe deformities. ("Animal Testing") Another drug called Vivaxx showed positive in the labs, but proved lethal in homes when over 27,000 Americans were rushed to the hospital in cardiac arrest. Eighty-five HIV drugs failed drastically on humans while they proved positive on monkeys. While animal-tested drugs may cure some diseases, we should think of the people they don't cure and further injure. Animal experimentation is unnecessary because it brings harm to people by producing inaccurate results.

Call to Action

Animal testing should be banned because it is an inhumane and cruel practice and brings harm to humans by producing inaccurate results. It has killed billions on animals and sent thousands of people to the hospital. More people should become activists -- people who speak up for someone or something who can't speak for themselves. We should encourage scientists to begin petri tests on human cells or virtual testing on animatronic animals. People should also petition against animal experimentation. No matter who you are, you can raise awareness for suffering animals

Works Cited

New England Anti-Vivisection Society. "Harm and Suffering". Neavs Humane Science is Superior Science. NEAVS. Web. 12 Feb. 2015.

Owen, Marna, ed. "Animal Rights Yes or No? Minneapolis Lerner Publications Company, 2015. Print.

Procon.org. 'Animal Testing." ProCon.org. Web. 29 Jan 2014. 11 Feb. 2015.

Rollin, Bernard E. "Animal Rights." Encyclopedia America. Grolier Online, Web. 6 Feb. 2015.

Gleason, Carrie. Animal Rights Activists. New York: Crabtree Publisher, 2010 eBook.