Animal Testing Is No Longer A Necessary Method Of Research

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Animals are often used as test subjects for scientific developments and commercial products. Medical treatments, cosmetics, and medicines are tested on animals to determine the toxicity or the safety of the product or products. In the early twentieth century, Ian Pavlov was a Nobel prize-winning psychologist for his study of dog’s digestive processes. The dogs that Pavlov experimented on were surgically implanted with a tube-like device and restrained in an isolated area. The device was used to determine their salivary gland’s reactions to food (Big Ideas Simply Explained: The Psychology Book). Today animals are still being implanted with surgical devices, experimented on, force fed, and restrained among other inhumane things. In 2010 The US Department of Agriculture recounted that, “97,123 animals suffered pain during experiments while being given no anesthesia for relief (USDA, APHIS).” Although in the nineteenth, and early twentieth century testing on animals wasn’t seen as an important issue, its importance has since grown tremendously. Animal testing is no longer a necessary method of research. Testing on animals will result in irrelevant results in contrast to humans; advances in technology have brought about numerous other viable alternatives to animal testing. The pain and suffering that these animals have to endure is cruel and unnecessary. Charles R. Magel once stated, “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 okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: because the animals are not like us (Magel qtd. in PETA).” Evidence shows that the critical differences between humans and animals can easily disprove the use of... ... middle of paper ... ...ory of curing cancer in the mouse...for decades…and it simply didn’t work in humans (PETA).” Researches have been telling us for years that there is very little indication that suggests animal testing has benefitted human health. Animal testing will continue to be a debated issue within the years to come. The pressure to eliminate animal testing is continually rising. Now that the world of science begun to realize the inaccuracy of these experiments due to the critical differences between humans and animals. And the many options for alternatives, such as in vitro testing also accentuates how unnecessary these tests are. Not to mention the constant push from animal rights groups like PETA and the Humane Society to end the suffering of these innocent animals. The benefits of ending animal testing extend beyond saving the animals, but the health of humankind as a whole.

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