Arguments On Animal Testing

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Animals Testing

Did you know that all across the world each year, millions of animals are being put under harsh and inhumane circumstances in order to have potentially harmful products tested on them? How is it ethical that on estimate, 26 million animals are used for scientific and commercial testing? Many people have a preconceived idea that only “useless” animal are being tested on such as rats, but animals like dogs and cats are being tested on as well. In 2010, Minnesota used a total of 2,703 cats and New Jersey used a total of 6,077 dogs, that is more than any other state (“Alternatives In Testing”). Animal testing is something that needs to come to an end and due to our upgraded technology and science in today’s day and age, I
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Their reasoning behind why they test on animals is to protect humans from potentially being harmed by products. But the big question is, that is sometimes overlooked is, is it ethical? The answer to that is no. With animal testing, animals are forced to digest cleaning products, inhale toxic fumes, forced to have harsh chemicals put in their eyes several times, and forced to mutilated while still alive to see their reactions (ProCon.org). Animals are forced to suffer for hours, days, and years until their death.
In 1966, the U.S. Congress passed the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) which protects certain animals from being tested and experimented on. Unfortunately 95% of the animals aren’t even protected under the AWA which includes birds, rats and mice, reptiles, rabbits, and most fish (“Alternatives In Testing”) The thing is though, is that even though some animals are protected under the AWA, there is still a chance that they are tested on (“Animal Testing 101”). Some of the animals that are tested on still could be dogs and cats. These animals are innocent yet still forced to undergo tremendous, excruciating
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Whether the animals have passed away and have been donated for dissection or animals are forced into extreme conditions, they are still being used. Every day, animals are being used and undergo so much suffering that is not necessarily needed. At the Rockefeller University, the students performed an experiment that forced cats to vomit up to 97 times within a time of three and a half hours after they had severed the connection of the cat’s brain and spinal cord. The University of Iowa has given pregnant rabbits daily doses of cocaine and then would shock baby rabbits’ head to study “maternal drug abuse”. At Louisiana State University, several cats were shot in the brain to show that the wounds from the shot could impair one’s breathing. The University of Illinois, researchers cut open the cow’s stomach and placed bags of newspaper in them to see if a cow can survive on a diet of 40% newsprint. Around six universities have forced cats to stay awake for days at a time making them balance on narrow planks that were above water-filled tanks or they would lower their cage temperatures to well below freezing (Mur, 30).
One case of animal experimentation was investigated by PETA at the University of North Carolina. They had discovered that animal labs were disobeying and violating many of the regulations. The students were cutting off live baby rat’s heads with scissors and without giving the baby rat any anesthesia.

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