Animal Testing

By: Clarissa Messina

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Why shouldn't animals be used in animal testing?

Each year more than 100 million animals are killed in scientific testing. The pain and suffering these animals are put through is horrifying. Not only is the testing horrifying, but it's wrong because the animals can't chose to be tested, it's inhumane because of the way they are treated, and the physiological effects of the testing on the animals are heartbreaking.

Animals can't choose to be used in testing!

Unlike humans animals don't have voices, meaning that they can't choose to be used in testing. There is no way for an animal to speak up and say I don't want to be used in scientific testing. Since animals can't speak they can't give consent to being tested. Not being able to give consent makes testing wrong on so many levels. Animals just like humans have feelings too, and when they are being used in all this testing their moral rights are being violated. I know that if I were in the position these animals are being put in I would be very angry and unhappy.

Animal testing is inhumane!

Everyday, animals are subject to various tests, such as carcinogen testing and cosmetic testing. For example, in carcinogen testing animals are given a substance everyday for approximately two years and then are tested to see if the substance is a carcinogen. In some cases the substance is given to a pregnant animal and then they kill the animal and test the animal's fetuses. In cosmetic testing a substance is rubbed on to shaved skin, injected in to the body, or even put in to the eyes of animals to see if the substance effects the animal in any way. All this testing is done without pain relief medication. Not only is the testing the animals are being put through horrible, but the conditions in which they live in are even worse. They are isolated in cages, young animals are forced away from their mothers, and in some cases multiple animals are forced into cages that are designed to hold one animal. The way they are being treated in these facilities are shortening the lifespans of these animals. Once healthy animals are no longer healthy due to what is being done to them.

The physiological effects are barbaric on the animals!

Animals have feelings just like humans do, they can feel happy, sad, lonely, scared, distraught, and just about any other feeling humans feel. When people test these animals it's as if they forget that the animals have feelings too. They breed animals to have physiological disorders just so they can be used to test out new drugs. For example, new born monkeys are taken away from their mothers shortly after they are born so they can develop even more mental illnesses. Once the monkeys are separated, they are then isolated, traumatized, and scared so bad that they begin to tear out their own hair and bite themselves. The mothers of the babies also react in a similar way. While all this is going on the monkeys are being given experimental drugs to see if their behavior changes. If that isn't inhumane then I don't know what is! The people testing the animals really don't realize that animals have feelings too. They don't care that their actions are affecting animals feelings also. I don't think that what they are doing is fair to these animals.

Animals shouldn't be used in animal testing!

To sum it all up, I feel that animals should not be used in scientific testing. It's wrong to do inhumane scientific testing on animal that can't chose to be tested when the physiological effects seriously harm the animals mental health! Animals are human beings just like us and deserve to be treated the same respect that humans are treated with.

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