Persuasive Essay On Animal Testing

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The phrase “animal testing” relates to procedures performed on living animals for research purposes into biology and diseases, analyzing the effectiveness of new products, and testing human health and the environmental safety of industry products. Every year, more than 100 million animals—including mice, rats, rabbits, dogs, cats, frogs, hamsters, monkeys, fish, birds, and guinea pigs—are killed in laboratories for medical reasons, chemical, drug, cosmetics, and food testing. In addition to the torture they receive on the daily, animals are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them and their way of living. The animals who are used in those type of experiments are treated like nothing more than laboratory equipment. There
Animal testing is sometimes used to find a cure for a disease, but being that animals are not humans, experimenting on them to find a cure for a human disease would give unreliable results. An animal’s reaction to a disease can be different from how a human would because diseases found in animals are not the same as diseases a human would encounter; animal testing would provide a reaction that would not be accurate to a human’s reaction. Dr. Richard Klausner, former National Cancer Institute director, proposed that while he and his research team have found ways to “cure mice of cancer” in the past, their results could not be translated in such a way to cure human beings (Klausner). Finding a cure for cancer in mice does not necessarily mean that there is a cure for cancer in a human being. The responses and symptoms seen in treatments for animals are not the same for a human being, which means that the responses and symptoms of the treatment of a human is different to an animal’s. This provides an understanding that, through animal testing, even if there is a cure to animals diseases, there is no treatment for a human disease due to the fact that animals and humans are just two different things. To add on, Professor of Neuroimaging at Aston University, Paul Furlong, says “it’s very hard to create an animal model that even equates closely to what we are trying to achieve in the human
There are so many other ways in which one can get better results in finding a cure for a disease or seeing if cosmetics are safe for people to use. Alternatives for animal testing, such as in vitro, computer (in silico) modeling, microdosing, etc., do not require the use of animals and are relevant to human health. Those alternatives allow the results to be more accurate, precise, and animals would not be harmed in the process. To add on to that, some cosmetic companies are able to create products that are safe to use without having to resort to animal testing. Overall, there is no justification for animal experimentation when it can be averted, and millions of animals go through inessential pain. Completely banning animal experimentation would not affect the world in a big way, because humans can discover and produce things(?) without harming animals during the
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