Animal Testing Essay

1247 Words May 19th, 2011 5 Pages

Every year, millions of animals are killed by the cosmetic companies to test their products. These companies use powerful drugs and lotions upon innocent animals to record the fatal side effects only to repeat the experiment over and over again regardless of the creatures’ pain and suffering. They also give various reasons to justify the cosmetic animal testing. The cosmetic companies claim that they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. These companies also feel that they are safeguarding the environment. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that the companies do not require animal testing for cosmetics and alternative testing methods are available. In
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Some have actually worshipped cats and some have even used animals as a way of living. In spite of all the good reasons, animals are surrogates for humans. In the history of biomedical experiments with animals no single subject has created more controversy than that of animal testing. The practice of testing cosmetics on animals began in 1933, soon after a woman used Lash Lure mascara to darken her lashes. The woman’s eyes first burned, then she went blind, and eventually died. Because of this incident, the Food and Drug Administration passed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938 to protect the public from unsafe cosmetics. In the 1950s, organizations like the Animal Welfare Institute and The Humane Society of the United States were founded to devote attention to animal testing. Finally, in 1966, the United States Congress passed the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act, which regulated only the acquisition and handling of animals by dealers. In 1970, Congress amended this act to include the care of animals in research institutions.

Arguments for Testing

The supporters of animal testing argue that the advantages that animal testing has brought to humans are greater than the pain inflicted on these animals. They add that the lives of animals may be worthy of some respect, but the value we give on their lives does not count as much as the value we give to human life. Human beings are considered living beings that have the capability and sensibility that

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