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Should Animal Testing Be Allowed Or Banned?
What I Think About Animal Testing.
Most animals like guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, and farm animals such as pigs and sheep, are specifically bred to be researched on. Imagine being born and raised to be tested on. These tests can be harmful and many people either disagree or agree. Though researchers testing on animals has its pros and cons. Some of the tests they do though, are harmful, and some animals die from being tested on. Animals should not be tested on because it is ineffective, cause's unnecessary suffering, and it is bad science. But I am also curious as to what you think about animal testing and I'd love to hear your argument.
Animal Testing Is Ineffective
Animal testing is ineffective because adult stem cell research is key to our status as the world's leader in medical research. "Adult stem cell research is more effective than animal testing because there are no complications or failures related to tissue rejection", (Overton) explains. After doing these experiments, they have been proven to be a waste of time, considering we already know the information. "The Food and Drug Administration reports that 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal tests fail in humans" (Top Five Reasons to Stop Animal Testing). As you can see, animal tests aren't really needed when it comes to trying to find reactions in drugs, but researchers do not stop. Testing on animals sometimes is not needed, and if we already know the information, we should not do countless of useless tests on animals who suffer from going through the process.
Animals die from being tested on and suffer from pain, and this is wrong. "If these atrocious acts were committed outside laboratories, they would be felonies" (Top Five Reasons to Stop Animal Testing). This explains that really, testing on animals should be considered crimes. There are some organizations that are against animal testing, including PETA. "They try to convince people by proclaiming that animals cannot be used for experiments, clothes, food industry, and entertainment" (Vos). This informs what PETA does for animals and what it has to do with them. Animals should not be testing on because they can suffer and taking their rights away is wrong.
Society has debated whether or not animal testing should be banned, but most say that it should be. "Animals also have rights. Animals have the right to live, and the right to choose", this explains (Should Animal Testing be Banned?). People who are against animal testing like to speak out against people about animal rights. "Opponents of animal testing say that it is cruel and inhumane to experiment on animals, that alternative methods available to researchers can replace animal testing, and that animals are so different from human beings that research on animals often yields irrelevant results", this informs about how the opponents think about animals being tested on (Should Animals Be Used For Scientific or Commercial Testing?). The number on how many animals are being tested on a year in the United States is outrageous! This should be stopped. "An estimated 26 million animals are used every year in the United States for scientific and commercial testing" millions of are animals being tested on, and possibly suffering this must be stopped.
Sources I Used
- "Top Five Reasons to Stop Animal Testing" - People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals
- "Stop animal testing it's not just cruel, it's ineffective" - Overton, Kelly
- "Final Statement: Animal Testing should not be considered as negative!" - Vos, Veronique