The Controversy of Animal Testing

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Imagine being forced to move away from your home and from your

family with no say in the matter. You are moved to an unfamiliar environment

where you aren’t able to choose how you live your life. You don’t get to decide

when or what you will eat. You can’t choose what you will do with your time

and who you will spend it with. You are confined into a small area and you are

completely alone. These are the conditions that many animals are forced to live

under. Animal testing is defined as the use of non-human animals in research

and development projects (dictionary.com). All kinds of animals such as rabbits,

dogs, mice, and guinea pigs are used to test the safety of food additives,

industrial chemicals, cosmetics, drugs, household products and much more.

Universities, pharmaceutical companies, and medical schools are examples of

institutions that use animal testing. This subject has raised a lot of controversy. I

strongly believe that animal testing is morally wrong and not completely

accurate, so it should not be allowed.

There are a lot of issues with animal testing. A major ethical concern is

that tests are being performed on animals without their consent. If such a test

were to be performed on a human, their consent would be required. Animals,

however, are voiceless. Animal testing is extremely expensive. The company

must first purchase the animal, and must set up a controlled environment for

them to live in, as well as buy the materials that are to be tested. The accuracy

of animal tests is not certain. As animals are forced to live in conditions they are

not used to, they are under a great deal of stress. Therefore, the animal ...

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