Alternative Methods: The Dangers Of Animal Testing

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Millions of animals are being imprisoned in cages waiting on the next experiment to be performed; these animals are the victims of animal testing. Animal testing is the use of animals in scientific procedures to discover if certain substances are safe for humans. Of the one hundred million animals that are tested on each year, the diversity of the species ranges from frogs to monkeys. The individuals for animal testing approve of what occurs inside the laboratories, and those against animal testing do not approve of what takes place. Those in favor bring up points like how animal testing has lead to many life saving cures, but there’s also the opposing point- the fact that some cures were not safe for humans due to the differences of the bodies. Another valid point brought up is the close resemblance to humans and animals such as chimps. The opposers point out that certain types of animals are generally different from humans. Finally, the last point concludes that animals do not have rights, therefore the most ethical choice would be to test on their bodies. However, the animals go through much suffering, so the testing is not ethical in the slightest. Alternative …show more content…
Drugs like penicillin and aspirin were toxic to some animals while helpful to humans. The continuous use of animal testing could lead to a decrease in population or cause humans to suffer because of the difference in biological makeup. The alternative methods that have developed through the years should be used over any other method. The alternatives could prevent the loss of lives of innocent animals. The Humane Society International refers to some of the punishments the animals face by saying, “...killing by carbon dioxide asphyxiation, neck-breaking, decapitation, or other means." Many of the animals end up dying after experiencing extensive suffering, which is just as inhumane as a human being going through the same

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