I am not in favor of it, and for a few reasons. Number one, I see no reason to subject innocent animals to pain, misery and torture when their physiological reaction to a product may or may NOT be the same as a human being. #2, The tests performed are often done with no commonsense whatsoever - if one sprays say nail polish into an animal's eye, commonsense tells you the reaction is NOT going to be a positive one, #3. I don't know of any guidelines that prevent psychologically disturbed persons -mainly sadists- from carrying out such experiments, and #4 there is a history of extreme "overdose" in experiments that provide what I would say is a desired and premeditated outcome, e.g. feeding rats saccharine in amounts of 24x their body weight to see the effects of saccharine on human beings. Intelligent people know that ingesting extraordinary amounts of anything is going to have detrimental effects on the living creature in question.
I am in favor of allowing human test subjects to volunteer or be hired for such experiments, but not animals which have no voice in the matter. Most of us view it as cruelty to force a convicted murderer to undergo testing, and we should show the same amount of decency toward our fellow living creatures.
Do you always believe everything you hear? You know ZERO about animal testing. "Nail polish remover being sprayed in animals eyes". You are aware that doesn't happen, right? You are aware that animal testing helps animals as well, right?.
PPP, I had a relative that worked in animal testing for a cosmetics lab. He quit because of such testing, and he told me these things happened. So while I don't believe EVERYTHING I hear, I do believe people who were eye-witnesses.
People are extremely uneducated when it comes to animal testing. Animal "testing" today, is NOT the animal testing from even 20 years ago.
Something people don't seem to grasp is that animal testing benefits ANIMALS, as well as humans.
Here in the US we have laws that govern animal testing, to ensure a live animal is not tortured in any way.
Most people don't know that rats (my personal favorite pet), have one of the most similar bodily systems to that of humans, thus why they are so often used for testing. Most testing these days is behavioral testing, where animals daily behavior is monitored and studied. I can also personally attest to the fact that lab animals today, are very, very well treated. Our rats were treated like little kings and queens. They ate better than many humans do (nutritional testing consisting of a human-based diet, created for the nutritional needs of rats).
For those animal where drugs are tested, they are not treated poorly or live in horrible conditions. Being an animal advocate and animals being my life, I can say that animals really are the best, they are my world and I am devoted to them. But this generation of treating animals better than people, is odd and inappropriate. Like it or not, people come first. And initial rounds of testing of drugs on animals, is something that's necessary for our advancement of medicine, leading to cures of diseases, and drugs to help those with illness and disease, live longer. We wouldn't be where we are, and have the lifespan that we do, without animal testing, period. And furthermore, as I mentioned before, medical testing of drugs and behavior directly help the health and happiness of our pets, helping them to live longer with us on earth, something everyone wants for their pets...as long a life as possible.
I'm utterly shocked that people (mostly highly uneducated on animal testing), get so worked up and over-the-top angry about animal testing, yet the aborting (murder) of unborn babies is not only allowed, but for many, lauded, and fought for in this country. HUH?! What kind of a**-backwards thinking is that?
Bottom line, people come first. And ultimately, our animal testing of today, is nothing like that of what it was in the 70's, 80's, or even 90's. It's very, very different, and people just don't seem to be educated on what animal testing today really consists of, and how well the animals are treated.
I am all for humane animal testing. 100%
@ PicturePerfectPet. I respect your opinion but I do not believe that people get worked up over HUMANE animal testing. Humane is where we want it to be and it wouldn't be where it is if people did not get a little worked up. Thats how change happens. There is still very in-humane testing going today, as I have witnessed. I am only 22 years old and have been in labs where animals are brutally harmed during tests for pest control products. I am not legally permitted to state where or who. You are correct in saying things have improved but they are not good. Just because a few animals, like your rats, are being treated well doesn't mean there isn't a large number being abused. Do some research on Vivisection when you get some time. This is a worldwide effort. American animals are not the only one who deserve to be treated well.
Vivisection isn't something that is done here in the US anymore.It isn't something that any scientist here in the US worth a lick uses. Our laws prohibit animals from being "dissected" while awake and alert, they must be sedated and/or use analgesics
Im not sure you read my whole post, "American animals are not the only ones who deserve to be treated well." But here in the U.S. I have witnessed that and much more. Just because its illegal doesn't mean people don't do it. First hand experience.
Its rather a waste of time when one considers how many condemned murders we have that could be used for testing.
An animal can't tell us how they feel, if they are feeling pain or discomfort. They can't give us a running account of the stages they are going through. Also humans may well react quite differently than animals.
Condemned murderers on the other hand can give us a much clearer picture on the exact affects things will have on humans, or at least sub-humans. They can articulate far better and are much easier to study as they can be kept far longer and can be observed over time to see if there are after affects or complications. This makes them ideally suited for long term testing of things like carcinogens and the affects of things like radiation and pollution as well as exposure to diseases that might not affect animals.
This would allow society to gain something from their existence and might be a far better deterrent to crime than simply executing them and could make use of the years it takes to get them through the system to the day of execution.
Seems like a win, win to me. Society wins with more valuable testing and animals win because they can be left out of the whole testing process.
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