Is Animal Testing Right Or Wrong

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Animals are tested on for product research worldwide for a wide range of things, such as medicines and cosmetic products. Both private facilities and government laboratories conduct this sort of experimentation, and there are few laws to stop these tests or protect the animals. Most of the animals however, are killed during or after the testing. Everyone wants the sense of security when using a new product of any kind that it will be safe, but there has always been that question of whether animal testing is right or wrong.
There is only one law that protects animals subject to testing, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). It regulates the care and use of animals, such as housing, feeding, handling and vet care. This is only minimal protection and
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All animals involved with it are subjected to: force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, infliction of burns, pain and wounds to study healing process, and not to mention, killing by carbon dioxide asphyxiation, neck-breaking, decapitation and more. They are not treated as animals, just test subjects with no rights. In 2010 it was said that 97,123 animals suffered pain during experiments with no anesthesia. Some of these experiments are extremely brutal. The Draize Eye Test is a cosmetic test that evaluates shampoo irritation. Rabbits are usually used for this by being incapacitated in stocks with their eyes held open by clips, sometimes for days at time so they do not blink away the product. The LD50 (lethal dose 50) test is to find out which dose of a chemical will kill 50% of the animals being used. It is also said that most drugs that pass animal testing aren’t always safe for humans. A 1950’s sleeping pill caused 10,000 babies to be born with deformities. These harmful tests are not necessary anymore since there are new alternate testing methods out there. Studying cell cultures in a petri dish can produce more relevant results because human cells can be used. There are anatomic, metabolic and cellular differences between us and animals, thus the product may not always produce the same results with humans. Thomas Harting, Professor of Evidence Based Toxicology at John Hopkins …show more content…
Testing has contributed to many life saving cures, and has helped develop things such as pacemakers, cardiac valve substitutes and anesthetics. Chris Abee, Director of UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center says, “There would be no cure for hepatitis B without chimpanzees.” Through testing many discoveries have also been made about treatment for breast cancer, brain injuries, childhood leukemia, cystic fibrosis, malaria, and tuberculosis. Because there is no adequate alternative to testing on a living, whole-body system, animals are just about the only things to use for research. Evaluating the side effects of drugs require a circulatory system to carry the medicine to all organs in the body, which animals have. Side effects such as blindness and high blood pressure could not be determined on tissue tests. Animals not only fit the requirements for the test but they play a huge role in medical research and development for everyone’s well

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