Animal testing should be banned (Opinion)

Animal testing is unethical and should not be continued


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“The greatness of a nation and it’s morals progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Many people around the world use plenty of products which are animal tested. In the United States, about 50 million animals are used for experimentation each year by companies. Some of the most well-known brands go through this process to make products. Despite our ignorance and love for these companies, we should stop supporting such behavior. As consumers, we must recognize that investing money and publicity in these companies just increases their unethical production.

Animal testing is wrong. It doesn’t matter if this testing on animals is for cosmetics, medicine, or something else — it is still wrong.

If animal experimentation is not wrong, why not test on humans for scientific purposes? People wouldn’t put other humans through such misery for study, so why should we put animals through it?

Animal testing should be prohibited. It is wrong to keep animals in cages all alone and test on them for the sake of human advantage. Putting an animal through that much pain is cruel and heartless. Animals used in testing are poisoned, mistreated, and subjected to a variety of other abuses in order to manufacture cosmetics, food, medication, and other human-use items. 

Mice and rats are the most commonly utilized animals for testing, but rabbits, sheep, dogs, cows, cats, and other animals are also utilized. Even if you cannot care for many of these creatures as household pets (though some you definitely can), they are still valuable and should be allowed to exist freely and without the torture they are subjected to.

Animal testing involves subjecting an animal to excruciating agony, stress, and long-term discomfort or damage. These creatures are injected with damaging chemicals, forced to ingest dangerous drugs or inhale gas, and have specific organs surgically removed. All of these creatures will most certainly die, which brings me to my second point: the results are limited.

Results are limited and wasteful. The National Institutes of Health noted,“that 95 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal tests fail in humans.” Sometimes, animals are put through endless pain for no outcome—not only that, but most of these animals end up dead. 

Labs are not an appropriate habitat for animals, therefore they do not belong there. Some believe these tests are vital for scientific advancement, but I disagree. Instead of conducting brutal experiments, there are other ways to come to the same conclusions. Alternatives to animal testing include: substituting the test subject and employing non-animal technologies such as a computer or a biochemical system instead of an animal or improving the testing method to make it completely safe and not unpleasant or torturous.

So, if you’re wondering, “what can I do to help stop this?”, the answer is easy. Stop supporting companies that profit from animal experimentation. You can help by purchasing only cruelty-free items and carefully checking labels for cruelty free logos and approvals.