Throughout history, animal experimentation has played an important role in leading to new discoveries and human benefits. However, what many people tend to forget are the millions of animals that are tortured or killed during the process of these painful, deadly experiments. Many people seem to misunderstand animal nature and the laboratory procedures and techniques that are executed on the animals. The procedures are cruel, unreliable, and harmful. Luckily there are more humane alternatives that have also proved to be less expensive. I assume many of you have pets including cats, dogs, rabbits, and mice.
Imagine yourself as your pet, but instead of living in a warm home with a caring family, you live locked up in a small metal cage, only being let out to swallow harmful chemicals, to be poked and prodded with needles, and to be injected with chemicals. This is the daily life of a testing animal. And after their use for testing is over, they are killed. There are three types of painful, deadly experiments that are performed on animals. The first is the Draize eye test. This test is mostly performed on rabbits to check for irritancy of shampoo, weed killers, pesticides, and detergents.
The product is left in the animal’s eye for up to 14 days for observation, and it almost always results in blindness. The second test is the lethal dosage test. This test is used for testing of cosmetic products including lipstick, face wash, and nail polish. The procedure is performed in order to test the toxicity or irritancy of products in an attempt to determine how much of a chemical or substance it takes to kill an animal within a set time. The third test is used to determine skin toxicity. In this test, the animal is shaved and the toxic substance is absorbed into their skin.
The animal is then analyzed for certain responses and reactions which are often unreliable. During the test, the animals are restrained so that they cannot lick their wounds for relief, and if the chemicals do not kill them, they are put down once the test is over. Animal testing, no matter what kind, is animal cruelty. Some might even consider it abuse. It is something that goes unnoticed every day because of the benefits that humans gain from it. Animal testing is overshadowed by advancements in the medical field.
However, no product or medicine makes it acceptable. Just because humans are considered a more powerful species, doesn’t give us the right to treat animals as if they are nothing. Would you want to be treated that way by a more dominant species just for their benefit? It is clearly unfair. If you pull your cat’s tail, it yells because it hurts. Animals experience pain. They go through the same pain that we would if we were subjected to painful, deadly experiments. Whether it’s a dog, cat, rabbit, mouse, chimpanzee, or human, pain is something we all feel.
However, when you compare the anatomy of a cat to that of a human, you can find numerous differences, making animal testing unreliable and sometimes even dangerous. Some might say that animal testing is crucial to scientific research but how can something be so crucial if the results are not even completely accurate? Luckily, there are alternatives for animal testing including computer models, cell structures, and human testing. Although some may argue that computer models and cell structures are unreliable, so is animal testing. You are given the choice between two unreliable methods, except in one, you are not killing an innocent creature.
Human testing is also a more just method. If the results are for human benefit, than shouldn’t humans be the ones being tested on? By choosing the alternative methods, much more humane, healthy research would occur. Choosing the alternative methods of research seems like a no-brainer decision, however as long as people support the research by buying animal-tested products, animal testing will continue. Too many animals die every year because of unnecessary experiments with inaccurate results. You can support anti-animal testing by refusing to use products that are tested on animals. They are more common than you would think.