Benefits Of Human Testing On Animal Testing

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Should Human Products be Tested on Animals?

“The question is not, can they reason? nor, can they talk? but, can they suffer?”(qtd. in Should). Millions of animals endure human product testing. Even though they are not as advanced as humans they can still feel and suffer. Common human products are tested on them in different test dealing with toxicity. These tests are unnecessary, costly, and don’t predict reliable results but the truth is ignored. Animals are very different than humans and the millions of dollar spent to test products are wasted on insufficient results. There are many other cheaper, more accurate results in which products can be tested. They are more beneficial for both humans and animals. Products intended for human should
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It is unnecessary and most people who agree with it believe it’s the only possible way to test products. This is not the case. There are many other methods of testing products such as in vitro testing and microdosing in humans. Using artificial human skin like EpiDerm and ThinCert could accurately test chemicals. Microfluidic chips or “organs on a chip” could successfully mimic the function of humans organs. Products could be tested virtually. A computer could test toxicity by using a virtual replica of human molecular structures. All of these tests are or could be very accurate ways of experimentation and may be even more reliable than animal testing (Should). If we continue to keep using animals are medical progression will be drastically slowed. The anatomic, metabolic, and cellular differences between animals and people make animals poor models for human beings. Sometimes diseases are artificially induced in animals. They are not the same as the actual diseases that occur naturally in humans (Using). Research believe that many products beneficial to humans have gone undiscovered because they negatively affected animals and were not released. Products that have positive effects on animals can be bad for humans. Only 6% of products that pass animal tests prove to be successful in human clinical trials. The drug Vioxx had been tested on mice and proved to be very effective in helping heart health. When the drug hit the shelves it …show more content…
The experiments are usually flawed in some way and a shocking amount of money has been wasted on them. The US National Institutes of Health spend $14 billion on animal testing each year out of it’s $31 billion budget. Rat “phototoxicity tests” cost about $11,500 while a test excluding animals would cost around $1,300. An “unscheduled DNA synthesis” test using animals cost $32,000. An in vitro test costs less than half that at only $11,000. Some animal tests can cost upwards of millions of dollars while there non-animal counterparts cost less than half of that (Should). The animals are killed either accidentally or intentionally and more have to be shipped or important to the labs and the process repeats in a slow,grueling

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