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Animal Testing in the Media

Updated on March 7, 2018

The media surrounds us all in our daily lives. What is being portrayed in the media may therefore impact our views and opinions upon many relevant topics. Animal testing is one of the many topics that the media has definitely impacted our views and opinions upon, based on how it is portrayed. This article will explore the portrayal of animal testing in the media and how it impacts people's views and ideas upon this matter.

Well, What is Animal Testing?

What comes to your mind when you hear of animal testing? Animal testing refers to the usage of animals to conduct an experiment or to test a product. This article below explores the different types of animal testing that are in used in today's society.

Unfortunately, many of these experiments causes millions of animals to suffer. Just like humans, animals have neurons that allow them to feel pain.These experiments include: exposing animals to radiation, injecting animals with harmful substances such electrode implants, forcing animals to inhale toxic gases, ect.

Animal Testing in the Media and Sufferings

The media definitely depicts the pains and sufferings that these animals undergo as they are being tested on. They do this by sharing many pictures and videos of the harsh reality of those experiments. The videos and pictures below are variant examples from different articles that portray how cruel animal testing is.

This is a media example of a brain experiment being conducted on a mice, with an invasive electrode implant.


This media example shows how this rabbit's skin got burned off after it was exposed to an harmful chemical for testing.


This is a media example showing a human being portrayed as an animal, going through a lab testing. This is intended to help us understand how these animals feel as they are going through these lab procedures. This experiment was broadcasted by many media sources.


These pictures are very painful to watch. They allow people to understand the true reality of animal testing. These media sources encourage people to sympathize with these animals, making us want to stop these types of testings.

Animal Testing in the Media and Unreliable Results

There are also many media sources that allow people to be aware of the many unreliable results that these animal experimentations yield. This article below is an example of such a media source. It has a list of medications that were once tested positive in animals, but failed in human trials. The reason why is because our body's anatomy greatly differs from an animal's anatomy.

Impacts of the Portrayal of Animal Testing in the Media on People

The Humane Society conducted a study, and they found that most people opposed to the usage of animals for testing. About 72 percent of women felt like animal testing should even be illegal. This rise in opposition is due to the global awerness that people are having on this matter, a lot of it coming from the media. Since more people are aware of this situation through the media, they are able to understand the extent of this matter, and take a stand for it.

Alternatives to Animal Testing in the Media

There are many alternatives available for animal testing. Unfortunately, they are not broadcasted as much by the media. Due to this lack of awareness, many feel like they have no choice but to support animal experimentations.

Since many are not aware of the different alternatives available, they fear that humans might become the first trials for testing if animal testing becomes completely eliminated. However, like shown in this video, there are many available alternatives to animal testing, many of which are starting to gain popularity in the media. Some examples include: organs on a microship, 3D tissue construct models, real life human stimulator, and many more. These alternatives actually yield reliable results since they are mimicking an actual human body.


Yes, animal testing can become a subject of the past. Especially as we are approaching a very technologically based society. If more people become aware of the many alternatives to animal testing that are available through the media, then people will be more willing to support this new method of experimentations.


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