The Horrors Of Animal Testing

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Going to an average convenience store is a weekly activity for many Americans. As we pass the cleaning aisle, the medication for headaches, and occasionally the mischievous peek at the beauty aisle, many of us aren’t thinking of how these products were produced, we’re busy thinking about how much we can spend without a family member or your bank getting mad at you. However, the thought of how these products come to be should perhaps be on more people’s minds. Every day on the news stories of torture and harm within human society flickers across the screen, creating an empathizing heartache for those who are suffering through atrocities and barbarity. When one sees a child’s broken story playing emotional responses are let out and a deep need …show more content…
Animal testing is what is providing many companies with more opportunities to test America’s beauty and cleaning products as we pass through our everyday store. Even though these animals are also suffering alongside us, the same feelings of urgency and disconsolation do not arise in a commensurating speed and the lack of knowledge of the horrors that occur is startling. In the case of animal testing, we tend to feel a small sense of malaise at the idea of twenty million animals being killed annually and try to think of the “bigger picture.” The disregard towards animals safety and conditions caused animal testing needs to stop. This discourse can be adopted by considering three sections of thought. First, by examining incidents that are happening within the status quo despite regulations set by the government. Next, the moral obligation humans have towards these animals. Lastly, the obligation of scientists and the alternatives they …show more content…
To answer this question we have to examine three variables: how these scientists are affecting the animals, the alternatives they discount, and the obligation that follows them into the lab. These scientists are affecting the animals within these laboratories more than anyone else will in their life. Twenty million animals die every year according to the reports mentioned earlier; all of these animals had a scientist testing over them during their last moments. It can be resolved by this fact that scientists are affecting animals lives by not having this moral obligation and should therefore be the first to gain it. Plus, to add on to the changes scientists themselves need to change, there are alternatives to animal testing. Animal testing is not necessary in a time where we have in vitro testing and stem cells from humans to determine consequences for these products. Scientists discount these alternatives though and claim that these testing methods are not always effective, but this brings us to a new criteria for an already established need for moral change. Scientists, by following this moral obligation, create an obligation to find new alternatives as well. A quote by Claire Andre and Manuel Velasquez states, “where alternatives don 't exist, the moral task of science is to discover them.” We must circumvent the inherent speciesism within

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