The Safety Of Animal Testing

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New consumer products are developed everyday and then are sold to millions of people worldwide. How do the manufacturing companies make sure that these products are safe and ready to placed on the market for the population to use or consume? For the safety of the consumer these new products need to be tested. Some believe that it is necessary to test these new products on animals. It has been said that animal testing is not harmful to animals, but studies have shown that animal testing does not really help, has a negative side effects on the animals, and that there are new alternative ways of testing. There are reasons that new products must be tested for the safety of the consumer. Manufactures and importers are required by law to …show more content…
Several of the larger companies use animal testing to test product safety on animals, but is this testing really necessary? According to Charles Low, "All cosmetic ingredients have been tested on animals at some point in time or are known to be safe based on decades of use" (Low). He also states " Industry cannot and will not retreat from the principle that human beings must not become human guinea pigs and that animal testing must continue to be an option in developing information to protect human health and product safety. It can be agreed upon that humans should not be used as guinea pigs in the testing of product safety, but also with new testing animals should not be subjected to harmful testing. Technology has created a gateway for the future of testing. "Safety testing should end within the decade as cheaper, quicker, and more predictive technologies are developed and applied" (Rowen …show more content…
Sun explains, "principles can be used to improve the animals ' conditions. For example, scientists can reduce the amount of animals used in research while gaining the same amount of information. They can replace animals when it is possible to"(Sun 85). According to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of animals, Animals that are tested are subjected to harmful testing such as having chemicals placed on their body to measure the side effects of the chemicals used in products. They are also used to test eye products for irritation and have been blinded by the product. Animals are forced to inhale products and are tested later after death for side effects such as cancer or abnormal cell growth and tumors. Other testing is used to determine the effects of product during pregnancy and the birth of offspring. Animals are given potentially harmful substances for a long period of time before these tests are conducted. (Kistler). Animals

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