Animal Testing Should Be Illegal Essay

832 Words Mar 24th, 2011 4 Pages
Animal Testing Should Be Illegal

Animal testing, also known as animal experimentation, is the use of animals in experiments to test product safety. I believe it is a big problem in our society. Every year at least 2.7 million animals are killed in laboratories in Australia alone and at least thirty-three animals die each second worldwide, due to cruel animal tests. Many companies feel it is okay to test on animals because they are deemed not as physiologically or emotionally complex as humans, but as animal rights supporter, Jeremy Bentham has said, “The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but rather, ‘Can they suffer?’ and most of the time the animals do suffer.

So, what do scientists test on animals? The main
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While I acknowledge that most people would reasonably value human life over an animal’s life, this does not negate the cruelty argument, and that as intelligent beings, we have the ability to make moral and educated choices. Perhaps many of you think this isn’t a big deal, but would you volunteer to be experimented on?

Image this hypothetical scenario: Across the world, 115 million humans are being experimented on and killed in labs every year. These 'volunteers' have chemicals pumped into their stomachs, pieces hacked off their bodies, limbs broken, genes injected into them, body fluids drawn from them, they have ears growing on their backs, mothers babies are taken and placed in isolation chambers 'to see how they react', aids is injected in to them in the hope of finding a way to cure it, necks are broken to test the effects of car accidents, and so on. How long do you think this would go on before there was outrage because of the mistreatment of humans?

Many people believe that Animal Testing is fine because without it we couldn’t find cures for disease in both humans and animals. But nowadays we have the technology to test for cures that give up to 60% more reliable answers and are 100% humane. The world of science has on record more than 400 methods that can effectively replace animal experiments. Plus, this technology is dramatically less expensive and makes use of cell and skin tissue

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