"Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal experimentation rests on logical contradiction." stated Professor Charles R. Magel ("Animal Testing 101"). We all use some product that has been tested on animals. Something as simple as the soap we use every morning in the shower has been tested on an animal. But when using this product do we think of what the animal has gone through to put this product on the market? It is estimated that 150 million vertebrate animals and non-human primates are used for animal testing world-wide ("Animal Testing").
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That money could have been used to try to find treatments through another, more humane way. Likewise, the military also uses animals for testing. Since 1971, the National Cancer act has wasted billions of dollars looking for the cure for cancer. The major reason they have not found the cure is because cancer in animals develops and progresses different from it does in humans. Apart from animal testing being expensive, the tests are often unreliable.
Results from testing on an animal can not always for see the effects on a human. Therefore, animal testing cannot be completely relied on. For example, in a survey done, eighty-eight percent of doctors agreed that animal testing can be misleading because of anatomical and physiological differences between animals and humans. There is some proof to show that animals and humans differ. Something as simple as lemon juice is piousness to cats, while it is completely safe for humans. Morphine which is an anesthetic for humans produces a state of frenzied excitement in cats. If penicillin, our first antibiotic, had been tested on guinea pigs instead of mice, it would have been considered dangerous ("Vivisection"). There are plenty of other things that are completely safe for humans that may harm animals and vice verse. For the most part, animal testing is like testing a tractor to predict the performance of a sports car. The two things are