She discovered this by attaching tumors to the bodies of unborn chickens and studying tumors on mice. Her discovery cost the life of many mice (18). One of the most controversial tests is the “LD50” test, where animals are used to test toxicity. The animals are given chemicals in several doses, the toxicity level increasing every time. When half the animals die, the lethal dose is 50%.
The test is certainly not pain free; it often causes distress, such as redness, swelling, and sometimes blindness. After the rabbits are finished being toyed with, they are killed ("Rabbits in Laboratories | PETA.org." 1). The Draize eye irritancy test is just one of the thousands of examples of profuse animal testing that has been going on for centuries. Mice, rats, dogs, pigs, cats, fish, birds and primates are tested every day by human beings in an attempt to learn more about the functions of our own bodies ("Update: Animal Testing" 2).
Several cosmetic tests commonly performed on mice, rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs include: skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed on shaved skin or dripped into the eyes without any pain relief. In tests of potential carcinogens, subjects are given a substance every day for 2 years.” (Hajar) Others tests involve killing pregnant animals and testing their fetuses. The real life applications for some of the tested substances are as laundry detergent, new eye shadow, or drug to replace an expired patent. “Alternative” tests achieve one or more of the “3 R’s:” replaces a procedure that uses animals with a procedure that doesn’t, reduces the number of animals used in a procedure, refines a procedure to minimize potential animal pain.
The Society says, “animals used in experiments are commonly subjected to force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, prolonged periods of physical restraint, the infliction of burns and other wounds to study the healing process, the infliction of pain to study its effects and remedies, and “killing by carbon dioxide asphyxiation, neck breaking, decapitation, or other means” (“Should Animals”). The Society explains in detail the experimentation used to ensure consumers know how badly the animals are being treated. The animals used are also seldom given medication before procedures to reduce the pain. The US Department of Agriculture reported “in 2010, 97,123 animals suffered pain during experiments while being given no anesthesia for relief” (“Should Animals”). The animals given no anesthesia are being forced to suffer and experience pain in a way that no being should ever have to.
Some of them come from animal shelters, some come from the "free to good home" ads in the classified section of the newspaper, and some from unsuspecting people who allow their companion animals to become pregnant. What is even worse is that some have been stolen directly from their own front yard. Imagine your pet one day being crammed into a cage with ten other animals waiting to die like approximately 20-100 million other animals do each year in numerous unreliable tests. More than 205,000 new drugs are marketed worldwide every year. Most of these animals die after undergoing the most common unreliable test method still in use, animal vivisection.
Each year, millions of animals, ranging from mice to monkeys, suffer through the cruel and inhumane practice of animal testing. Scientist throughout the world are torturing animals for mankind’s own benefit, which is unreliable in most cases. “According to Humane Society International, animals that are used in experiments are commonly subjected to force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, prolonged periods of physical restraint, the infliction of burns and other wounds to study the healing processes and the infliction of pain to study its effects and remedies.” Although humans often benefit from successful animal research, these animals do not have a voice to say no. The pain, suffering, and deaths inflicted on these animals are not worth the possible human benefits. Scientist test the animals for many products that we humans can use (makeup, medicine, etc.).
Victoria Herrera Herrera 1 Ms. Wines AP Language Hour 1 5 May 2014 Should scientist test on animals? When an animals is given possibly harmful substances and used as test subjects are experiments that may harm them, then animal cruelty is present. For example, "extremely cautious chemicals are placed in the eyes of defenseless rabbits." This primitive testing method tends to kill of around half of the animals forced to participate.
In order to put a single pesticide on the market, it requires over 50 experiments on about 12,000 animals (11 Facts). Even after they do tests on all those animals, 92% of the objects in question that seem to be safe turn out to be a failure in human clinical trials (11 Facts). With that statistic, why do they still test on animals? Yet scientists are still conducting studies that require force feeding subjects that lasts weeks or months, or skin and eye irritation tests where they rub chemicals on shaved skin or drip the chemical into the eyes, all while neglecting to use any pain relievers (11 Facts). Scientists also force animals to swallow large doses of a chemical to test what dose will cause death (11 Facts).
An Eye Irritancy Test is a test in which albino rabbits have a substance entered into their eyes that are held open with clips for seven to eighteen days. The rabbits are confined in stocks with only their heads protruding while experimenters record the damage of the eye tissue which can vary to being swollen eyelids, inflamed irises, ulceration, bleeding, massive deterioration, and blindness. Many rabbits break their necks as they struggle to escape from the pain. Another savage test is an Acute Toxicity Test, also known as lethal doses, or poisoning tests. This test determines the amount of a substance that will kill a percentage of a group of test animals.
The Cruelty of Cosmetic Testing on Animals Each year, thousands of animals are brutally tortured in laboratories, in the name of cosmetic research. A movement to ban animal testing for cosmetic purposes has been gaining popularity, with many companies hopping on the bandwagon against this research. New alternatives have been developed to eliminate the necessity to test on animals. This is only a small beginning of what is necessary to end these immoral acts. Animal testing in cosmetics is useless and cruel, and can be accomplished by other methods of research to end the suffering of animals.