Personally, animal researching should be banned, but doing so, the researchers would have to find something else or someone else to test the products on to make sure the products are useable to humans. The reasons for animal researching are understandable and could change a person’s decision whether or not they would want to ban animal testing. Scientific knowledge is needed to determine if the product is a decent way to treat a disease. Different species are studied to show the similarities and differences of the way the skin or animal will react, although mostly simple animals are studied. The nervous or immune systems, the most complex systems, are usually studied by using the same functions as used in all animals.
How ethical is animal testing compared to other methods of testing products for humane medical use? Today a lot of people are just looking for the most effective product out there to use. If animals aren’t used for testing products, consumers are more likely to buy these products. Humans are more at risk for side effects because animals don’t always get accurate results. Animals and humans are not exactly the same so the reaction to a drug in an animal’s body is going to be quite different from a reaction in a human’s body.
Animal testing can harm many different species of animals for our selfish needs of being safe and no harm coming to humans. Many animals are at risk when scientists test on them for products animals do not have the necessary need for them. Health problems, testing, alternatives and student surveys, and rebuttal make testing very wrong in every point of view. An animal’s daily life in a testing room is very stressful and life risking every second. Even with the Animal Welfare Act protecting many animals “95% of animals used in experiments are not protected by the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which excludes birds, rats and mice bred for research, and cold-blooded animals such as reptiles and most fish.”(ProCon.org.
This brings attention to the justification of animal experiments. The moral status of animals and the benefit are highly controversial parts of the concern. Against animal experiments Most people would agree that animals have some kind of moral status. This presents a shift of view from past that animals had no moral status and respecting them was merely for protecting human property. Today, this question has evolved to how much moral status and what right animals have.
Although scientists have resources they could use to lower the pain each animal endures and even alternatives of their test subjects, millions of innocent creatures are still suffering. The fact that animals are still used when animal experimentation is avoidable and not necessary makes animal testing unethical. According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (2013) over one hundred million animals suffer and sometimes die from experiments to test chemicals, drugs, foods, and cosmetics (para 3). Although it is good that the companies are concerned that their products do not harm consumers, the law does not require most of these tests animals endure. Furthermore, these tests do not have accurate results, so the animals may suffer but the product is still sold to the people.
Animal testing has been the primary source of testing for diseases, as well as for finding treatments for many years. Often times, these animals are given different medications in various doses without a thought that they are living, breathing creatures just like humans. The end result is usually a small break in medicine and a large number of innocent animals losing their lives. Animal experimentation should not be allowed because the way animals are treated is inhumane, the experiments are wasteful and unreliable, and there are other alternatives that do not harm animals. Before an animal is tested on, the company needs to have the money for the experiment.
Medical, cosmetic, and many other types of research experiments use animals to provide the results on how the new product may affect humans. There are many people that support the use of alternative methods to animal research and then there are also many people who are opposed to the idea. Alternative methods to animal testing should be supported because it is cruel and inhumane, animals may not provide accurate results, and there are numerous alternative methods that can be used without harming the animals. Opponents believe that traditional animal testing provides better results because animals are similar to humans, they have a shorter life expectancy, and it allows researchers to experiment on a whole living body system. In today’s society alternatives to animal testing are becoming more common because of the advanced changes in technology and the awareness of what occurs during animal testing.
Scientists use animals instead of humans because experimenting against humans is viewed as impractical and unethical. The debate of animals being used in commercial products and educational exercises is an emotionally stimulated issue going on in modern society. Many animal rights groups, including PETA, have found that the way that animals are being treated during testing is morally wrong. Emotion may be the determining factor in deciding whether a person believes that animal testing is ethical or unethical. The use of animal testing has been beneficial, discovering many different medications that have saved human lives.
Many companies still say that animal tests are the most likely to hold up in court if a human is injured by a cosmetic or household product and, for that reason, they will struggle to hold on to animal-based research. We need to continue to to find new and improved alternatives so that we may preserve the lives and dignity of animals, but can also ensure the consumer of product safety. Many manufactures such as Avon, Revlon, and Estee Lauder have ceased animal tests. the fact that companies are supporting alternatives and reduce animal usage is a good sign but the fight is clearly not over. This project has educated my family and I to be more caring consumers and we will use are buying power to pressure companies into banning animal testing within the commercial market.
Scientists experiment on animals and by doing this testing, scientists are supposed to develop safe medical treatments or medicines for humanity; however, most of the products created are never actually tried on humans. These animals are suffering through horrible and inhumane experiments when there are better methods to ensure the safety of humans as well as animals. Alternative testing methods do exist. These alternative methods can replace the need for animals but, still, animals are being abused for testing. Animal testing needs to be eliminated for a number of reasons.