The Ethics Of Animal Testing Essay

2374 Words Jul 12th, 2016 10 Pages
“If you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn 't done anything? They should use prisoners who have been convicted of murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a bunny rabbit 's eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson 's eyes and ask him if it hurts,” said comedian Ellen DeGeneres in My Point... And I Do Have One, her humorous reflection on her life. Though Ellen DeGeneres makes a hyperbolic point, she questions the ethicality of animal testing. The practice of animal testing mutilates the physical appearance of traditional house pets, corrupting their gene pool and increasing the physical and genetic deformities for generations to come. Animal testing is superfluous, with the costs outweighing the façade of benefits to the beauty industry—perpetuating the perceptions of vanity among the echelon of beauty companies.
Ancient Greek writing reveal the first account of testings on animals. Live animal dissections were found in Ancient Greek writings (“Should” 8). Believing that animals lacked intelligence, Greek philosopher Aristotle used vivisection, which is the practice of dissecting live animals, to figure out how animals worked, although in Ancient Rome, vivisections were also performed on criminals (“Should” 8). Theophrastus, one of Aristotle’s successors, disagreed with Aristotle and believed that performing vivisections would upset the gods (“Should” 8).
Galen, a Roman Philosopher, did live dissections in public and…

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