Today it is a multi-billion dollar industry, encompassing institutions, cosmetics companies and scientific centers all over the world. To begin with, cruel companies expose animals to chemicals that may cause painful eye and skin irritation, developmental abnormalities, cancer and death. The pain from such tests can be excruciating, yet animals are typically not given pain relief, as the ‘scientists’ fear anesthetics could affect the toxicity of the chemicals being tested. So the animals are left to languish in pain.

In addition to the torment of the actual experiments, animals in laboratories are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them-?they are confined to barren cages, socially isolated, and psychologically traumatized. The thinking, feeling animals that are used in experiments are treated like nothing more than disposable laboratory equipment. George Bernard Shaw, an Irish critic and political activist, once said “Vivisection is a total evil because it advances human knowledge; it does so at the expense of human character. Nowadays, the development of new reoccurred has changed the need to test on animals, yet it is continued in vain. Moreover, the use of animals in teaching at all levels of secondary and tertiary education is still widespread whereas more humane and advanced alternatives could be used. Furthermore Professor Charles R Mage once said: “Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals and the answer is: ‘Because animals are like us. ‘ “Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: Because the animals are not like us. “Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction. Therefore, if animals are so like us that we can substitute them for testing instead of using humans, then surely those animals have the very attributes that mean they deserve to be respected and protected from harm. On the other hand, animal testing has led to the development of numerous antibiotics and various vaccines. Likewise, scientists as well as advocates of animal experimentation claim that these medical researches are ethical as long as they contribute to scientific development and help scientists find ways to improve human health.

We also can’t ignore the fact that many of the medications and procedures that we currently use today wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been for animal experimentation. In conclusion, I believe that animal experimentation has played a prominent role in leading to new discoveries and human benefit. Nevertheless, what many people tend to forget are the great numbers of animal subjects that have suffered serious harm during the process of experimentation. So why should animals suffer and die just for a new brand of lipstick or laundry detergent?

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