Animal rights activists have gathered a large amount of information that has closed down many laboratories that violate anti-cruelty statutes. In the past, research labs have had to be subsequently suspended due to animal cruelty. Reports involving horrifyingly painful experiments on monkeys and the filthy laboratories the animals must live in. Animals limited to living in tiny metal cages in which they can barely move. From the capture of primates in the wild, to the "factory-like" breeding of mice and dogs, to the confinement and isolation of cages - research is inherently cruel.Animal research is often unnecessary, history has shown that many important medical advances have been made by clinical research and close observations of human patients, not animals.
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).
Also, anesthesia is not required by law to give to small lab animals such as rats and mice, it is the lab's choice if the animals will receive pain medication or sedatives ("Health Sciences Center Animal Research Facility - Conducting Research with Animals."). The animals are either killed as a result of the experiments, or they are injured so severely that they must be euthanized. According to the National Anti-Vivisection Society, animals have had their eyes pried open, their skin burned, and bones broken. The experiments would sometimes result in spinal cord or brain injury (Anderagg et al., 2006). There are two main types of test involved in animal experimentation; the Draize test and the LD-50 test.
Imagine this: you are a rabbit that has been immobilized in full body restraints while a chemical is dripped into your eyes or smeared onto your shaved skin and with every drop the burning sensation is becoming more and more unbearable. Or imagine you are an immobilized mouse that is being forced to swim while being electrocuted to hopefully find a cure for stress (irony). Hello, today I am here to talk about Animal experimentation. Animal research is an extremely inhumane practice that should not be legal in the United States. Ever since the 1920s, animal experimentation has been used to test various drugs, household products and cosmetics.
White rabbits are involved in these tests, where they are placed in boxes, held down by metal band so they cannot move. The chemical is dropped into the rabbit 's eye. Many rabbits go blind or get horrible infections. Some die. These rabbits are likely in unbearable pain (20).
There is not an exact number of animals that are being used for the experiments. These animals are used to test cosmetics, household cleaners and consumer products. “Hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year by cruel corporations.” (Animal Testing 101) The mice and rats that are used are forced to inhale the toxic fumes, the dog... ... middle of paper ... ...ocon.org/ . "Animals Used in Education | Animals Used for Experimentation | The Issues." PETA.
There are a number of tests that animals are put through that bring them excruciating pain and may kill them. Some tests include drug or medicine testing, infecting with sickness, burning skin, blinding, and many other brutal procedures. Experiments may involve testing the level of toxins in a substance, so scientists will give animals a daily dose of the potentially lethal substance for up to two years. When the experiment is finished the analysts are allowed to kill the surviving animals excluding chimpanzees. A few laboratories even attempt genetic modification by transplanting organs and cells from one animal to another.
Animal testing, for years, we’ve been testing chemicals, cosmetic products, and even cleaning chemicals on them. Why do animals have to suffer this fate under the roof of a lab giving them cruel conditions, measly portions of food, and even making them share a cramped, small cage with another animal. These conditions are ungrateful and harmful. Why would we test on animals, if we don’t help them? The reasons are just simple, for science.
Every year thousands of mice, dogs, primates and other animals are victims of vivisection all over the world. These experiments are inhumane, ineffective, and absolutely pointless when there are alternate testing methods. These animals undergo painful suffering, and sometimes death as a result of scientific research into the effects of drugs, cosmetics, food additives, and other chemical products. Animal testing is an act of barbarism, the fact that animals are being bred to be a victim of crude experiments and then euthanized is cruel. 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.
At the end of these immoral tests, the animals are all killed to study their internal anatomy. (Products, 97) This is just one of the countless barbaric tortures forced upon animals. Studies show that in 1994, over 3,500 animals were killed in the United Kingdom, with almost another 21,000 more used in France for cosmetic purposes only (Celebrities, 95). These numbers reflect totals in only two countries. Research by Congress estimated that as many as 22 million animals are used annually for experimental research (Testing, 96).