Essay about Animal Testing Should Not Be Banned

1264 Words May 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
I will start by asking you a question. Would you stand by and watch a helpless animal have its spinal chord crushed, a hole drilled in its skull or its skin burned off? Would you perform any of these inhumane tortures on an innocent creature? No? Well, I am Chantal Kander, and I am here to tell you that you are paying for people to abuse and torture animals, in these ways and many more, in spite of the fact that there are cheaper, faster and more accurate alternatives. Drug testing on helpless animals is an unacceptable, old fashioned and inadequate method of science, that should no longer be tolerated in our modern society.

The first issue with animal testing is that of ethics and morality. If animals are so similar to us that we can substitute them for humans in testing, then surely those animals have the ability to suffer physically and psychologically, that mean they deserve to be respected and protected from harm, as we would wish for ourselves. More than six million animals are used annually in research in Australia and New Zealand. Many of these animals are subjected to pain and stress during the experimental procedure or as a result of the environment in which they are kept prior to and after the torturous procedures. PETA Australia states that

«The Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes offers very little protection for animals in laboratories. It is a self-regulating system which allows researchers to deliberately…

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