Animal Testing: Ethical, Wasteful Or Necessary?

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Animal testing is unethical, wasteful, archaic, and unnecessary. There are several moral and ethical question that come to one’s attention when deciding if an animal’s health and life is worth losing in order to find adequate treatment for humans. Animal testing is used for cosmetic and research purposes. Several painful procedure and tests are performed on animals. Animal testing is unreliable and bad science making is useless. Animal testing should be excluded because it is inhumane, unethical and there are safer more reliable alternatives. Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year (11 Facts). Most of the animals used for experiments are strays, from the pound, or chemically bred and engineered…show more content…
However, the Food and Drug Administration reports that 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal test fail in humans (PETA). According to Huntingdon Life Services (one of the world’s largest animal testing labs) human and animal experiments only agree 5-25% of the time (Fischer). Due to the fact that animals and humans are so profoundly different both anatomically, and genetically, the same experiment has to be carried out on several animals so that it can compare to that of a human…show more content…
In a 2006 study, six humans volunteered to be injected with TGN 1412 (an antibody that was created to dampen the immune response). Within minutes of being injected with the drug, the people were in extreme agony and faced several life threatening diseases including multiorgan failure. One man’s head became so swollen that the case was referred to as the ‘elephant man trial’. TGN1412 were tested in several species including cynomolgus monkey because they closely replicated human mechanisms. Several of the monkeys were given repeated dose of the chemical and were even given “500x the dose given to the human volunteers for not less than four consecutive weeks still none manifested the ill effects the humans showed” (Atturwala). This study proves how unreliable and dangerous animal testing
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