Animal Experimentation Is Cruel, Inhumane And Necessary

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Animal Experimentation Millions of animals are used everyday for scientific experimentation. This practice has been around for years dating back as far back as 500 BC. People of ancient times would want to experiment on animals just out of curiosity. Understandable, but has created such a dilemma in today’s society. There are many arguments going back and forth on if animal testing should be continued or stopped due to the reality of it all. The reality is that animal testing is cruel, inhumane, and unnecessary. Is it worth it? Does it really help us? Should it be stopped? Are there dangers to it or misconceptions? Despite being around for so long, it’s not worth it and doesn’t really help us. The experimentation of animals should …show more content…
These animals are used to develop medical treatments, determine the toxicity of medications, check the safety of products destined for human use, and other biomedical, commercial, and healthcare uses ("Animal Testing - ProCon.org"). Although it may seem that there are many benefits of testing on animals it is still very inhumane to the animals. These animals being locked inside these barren cages begin to lack the enrichment they need. The lack of environmental enrichment causes them to become stressed and the develop neurotic behaviors. Such behaviors include “incessantly spinning in circles, rocking back and forth, pulling out their own fur, and even biting themselves” (“Animal Testing 101”). These animals are constantly cowering in fear whenever someone approaches them and that isn 't something that should be taken lightly. Animals used for experimentation are usually always killed …show more content…
No, in fact animals could make very poor test subjects to begin with. Not only are animals very different from human beings, but they make poor models for human beings. Our anatomy is very different than that of a mouse or rabbit. Many drugs have passed animal tests but are not necessarily safe for humans. In the 1950s there was a sleeping pill called thalidomide which had been tested on animals before it’s release. This pill had caused 10,000 babies to be born with deformities. This shows that animal testing could be potentially dangerous to us because of our different anatomies. There was another drug that Vioxx, which was an arthritis drug that had a protective effect on the hearts of mice, but ultimately ended up causing more than 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrests. The drug was quickly taken off the market. Something else that you should keep in mind is that medical testing on animals “could mislead researchers into ignoring potential cures and treatments” ("Animal Testing - ProCon.org"). As said before, animals and humans have very different internal systems which means that some chemicals that would be harmful to animals could be perfectly fine to give to humans. An example of this is the drug aspirin. Aspirin is harmful to some animal species but alright to give to humans. Animal testing for medical purposes is pretty much worthless. Instead of wasting all the time

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