Essay on Animal Experimentation and Testing

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Every year, a number of animals are locked up and subjected to tests that cause them pain and even death. Animal experimentation is a procedure whereby non-animals are tested and used to develop treatments, check the safety of products for human use, and other commercial and biomedical uses (Woods 24). It is estimated that, over 26 million animals are used every year in the United States for animal experiments. Animal testing is a controversial topic and like any other contentious subject, it faces a great number of support and opposition depending on human perception. It has various advantages and disadvantages and they are mainly based on one deciding whether to criticize it as ethically and morally wrong or right. Animal …show more content…
There is no justification whatsoever as to why animals should be physically and mentally tortured so as to experiment on medical procedures that might not even work in future. In addition, this will be like justifying that, animals deserve to suffer because they do not have cognitive ability and moral judgment, which is wrong. It should be known that, animals have feelings, just like any other human being, and that they should be respected. Therefore, animal experimentation is not a right procedure.
Moreover, instead of using animals alternative methods can be used to replace animal testing. According to Roush, alternative testing methods exist which can be used to replace animal testing. For instance, there is in vitro also known as in glass testing whereby cell cultures are studied in a petri dish and this process produces appropriate results compared to results from animal testing since human cells are used. In addition to in vitro, processes like micro dosing and the use of computer models such as virtual reconstruction of human molecular structures can be used, instead of the using animals for testing. These procedures are more accurate and reliable, because human cells are used.
Animal experimentation should be abolished because; most substances used in these procedures cannot be administered on human beings. In addition, substances used in animal testing cannot be approved

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