Essay on Why Animal Testing Should Be Prohibited

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Why Animal Testing should be Prohibited
Alexandria McConnell
6/4/2015
ENG/130
Maureen Chisholm

It is estimated that about 26 million animals are being used every year in the US for scientific and commercial research. They are used for many different things such as medical developments, the safety of products, and many other health care and cosmetic uses. While there are some laws in place that prevent the abuse of animals in these testing laboratories, many of these test subjects face cruel and inhumane treatment. There are alternative and equally effective ways to study and conduct research for such treatments, and although there have been proven benefits to some of the research conducted on these defenseless animals, the harsh
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One of the most common arguments given as to why animal testing should be banned is that animals are not humans. Although animals and humans do share some similar characteristics, they have many anatomic differences, metabolic differences, and cellular differences. Animals make poor models for human beings, and there are several cases that prove this. The 1950’s sleeping pill thalidomide, for example, was tested on animals prior to human use in and resulted in no negative side effects. However when administered to humans, caused 10,000 severe birth defects. The Vioxx arthritis drug also showed protective effects on the hearts of mice, yet caused 27,000 heart attacks, and cardiac-related deaths in humans before being taken off the market ("Should Animals Be Used For Scientific Or Commercial Testing?", 2015).
Animals are not humans. Drugs can react differently in animals than they do in humans. Therefore, these painful and often fatal tests being performed on these innocent animals are not reliable or necessarily safe for humans. What can be harmful to humans may not be for animals, and vice versa. Aspirin is dangerous for some animal species, but in the right dosage is very effective for humans. Another example is the Fk-506 drug used to lower the risk of organ rejection in transplant patients was almost taken off the market because of failed animal test results. Many drugs, according to a June 1, 2006 report on Slate.com states that there

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