Argumentative Essay About Animal Testing

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Animals can be wild, gentle, and are to be respected and admired. The truth that many people either don’t know or don’t appreciate is that animals are essential to human existence and have been playing a vital role in improving the quality of our lives. They have been providing us with answers to our most complex medical questions for decades. Their role in finding cures for diseases, treatments for illness, and product safety is immense. This practice refers to the term animal testing, which are various tests laboratories make animals undergo for product safety before releasing them as consumer goods. Each year, more than twenty-six million animals in the United States are used for experiments. These animals not only go through the immense …show more content…
The major negative effect of animal testing is that it's seen as cruel and inhumane. The article “About Animal Testing” written by the Humane Society International states: “Animals are forced chemical exposure in toxicity testing, which can include oral force-feeding, forced inhalation, skin or injection into the abdomen, muscle, etc.” (HSI 1). Many of these animals will die due to the method of which they perform this tests. Another con maybe how animals are very different from human beings and therefore make poor test subjects. The anatomic, metabolic, and cellular differences between animals and people make animals poor models for human beings. It’s understood that animal testing is regulated in our day and age by the Animal Welfare Act, but many animals are not protected under these regulations. These animals include rats, fishes, and birds, which is ridiculous because they are the main subjects that are being tested and should be subjected to the same regulations as any other animals. Many of the tests that are being performed almost always come out as a failure or presenting a negative result, in turn wasting many animal lives. The article “Animal Testing Is Bad Science: Point/Counterpoint” written by PETA, shows studies that have shown that animal testing wastes lives of animals and precious resources by trying to infect animals with diseases that they would never normally contract: “Human health is more likely to be advanced by devoting resources to the development of non-animal test methods, which have the potential to be cheaper, faster, and more relevant to humans, instead of to chasing leads in often inaccurate tests on animals.” (PETA 6). Some chemicals that are ineffective on, or harmful to, animals prove valuable when used by humans. Aspirin, for example, is dangerous for some animal species. Intravenous vitamin C has shown to be effective in treating sepsis in humans, but makes

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