Animal Testing In The 21st Century

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Animal Experimentation needed in the 21ST Century? Imagine if you were in a cage, imprisoned with no way out. You’re hungry, apathetic, and in pain but you’re only allowed to eat whenever they want you to eat, you’re only allowed to get out whenever they need you, and instead of alleviating your pain they increase it. They’ve drugged you, dissected you, and tested on you without even asking for your consent. Did you do something wrong? Was it your destiny to be trapped and used for the benefit of others? Was your death in anyway significant at all? This horrific nightmare is of course not real, to you at least, but the same cannot be said to the millions of animals that go through these horrendous experiences. Animal experimentation is something …show more content…
¬¬In the past, animal experimentation was helpful for the advancement in medical science and other types of science, but lately animal experimentation has not helped. It has not helped with the more advanced sicknesses or diseases. “Where are the cures for cancer and AIDS, [animal activists] ask, if animal research has been so worthwhile” (Day 13). Those who disagree also point out that animal testing has saved us by checking to see if certain products or drugs are safe for human use (Clemmitt 10). Although this is true, there is still the risk of a product working on animals and not on humans. Vlasak, a surgeon and leader of the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, says, “Half of the drugs that test as safe on animals turn out to not work or be safe in people, so you might as well flip a coin” (qtd. in Clemmitt 10). What is the point of testing on animals if there’s the risk of it not even working on humans? On a more moral based point, people of the opposing side think it’s alright to experiment on animals because they think animals are much more inferior to us. We are more intelligent and capable than all the other species on Earth; therefore we are allowed to do whatever we want with those beneath us, right? Well what about those with special needs, who are mentally incapable of providing for themselves. Are …show more content…
It has been ineffective for decades now, proving that animal experimentation has no use in today’s times. Nothing of actual value has been discovered by experimenting on animals lately. There are also new alternative ways to test drugs, which have been proven to be much more accurate and much more affordable than the alternative. In addition to the ineffectiveness of animal testing results and new methods, animal experimentation has been proven to not be safe not only for animals, but for humans as well. A drug tested on animals to prove if it’s safe for humans is a very risky move because all drugs affect various species differently. Lastly, do we have the right to test on these creatures? ”There is no doubt that animals experience a life… Like us, animals can feel pain and fear, but also excitement and satisfaction” (Cothran 29). Animals feel much more pain that what we think and have a life that they should be allowed to live without the intrusion of humans. Animal experimentation, one of the many injustices we still have, should be a thing of the

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