Animal Testing: Animal Experimentation

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Did you know that about 50% of all animals medically and cosmetically experimented on die about 2-3 weeks after experimentation? Hundreds and thousands of animals are experimented each year to test out new cosmetics. The cosmetics that apply are makeup and cleansing products. Although there are some companies who have stopped experimenting on animals, it is still not enough to save the hundreds and thousands of animals whose lives are taken away to benefit humans. Experimentation on animals date all the way back to the 17th century. Around this time, Philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) rejected Philosopher Rene Descartes ' theory that animals are not able to reason and therefore do not feel pain and suffering. Animal experimentation is called vivisection. The word “vivisection” comes from the Latin word vivus, meaning alive. The types of experiments are for research, product testing and education. Animal experimentation is conducted in a wide range of environments, including universities, hospitals, research institutes, independent laboratories that conduct research for corporations, military bases, and agricultural facilities. Product testing, also known as cosmetic testing, began in the early 1900s.
Cosmetic testing began in the early 1930s. When a woman used mascara from the brand
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Nearly 50 different alternative methods and testing strategies have been validated and accepted. An example of one alternative is using blood from human volunteers to test for the presence of contaminants in intravenous medicines can save hundreds of thousands of rabbits each year from the traditional “pyrogen” test. Moreover, laboratories and companies such as EpiSkin and EpiDerm, use artificial human skin to test certain cosmetics. This can save thousands of animals from the painful skin corrosion and irritation tests each

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