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Against Animal Testing

March 5, 2012
By madelynclaire SILVER, Covington, LA, Louisiana
madelynclaire SILVER, Covington, LA, Louisiana
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"A life without risk, is a life unlived my friend."

Each year in the United States, an estimated seventy million animals are hurt and killed in the name of science by private institutions, household products and cosmetics companies, government agencies, educational institutions, and scientific centers. Animal testing is wrong and downright mean. Innocent animals should not be treated badly and caused pain for the sake of a human's safety. Many people think animal testing is good while others think it is wrong. I think it is completely and absolutely wrong. Some people argue that humans are not necessarily superior to animals, so why should animals be experimented on and made to suffer to protect human beings? Do you know what animal testing is, what condition the animals live in, and what some alternatives to testing animals are?
Animal testing is the use of animals in biological, medical, and psychological studies. Human beings and many animals have similar organ systems and body processes. Experiments on animals help scientists increase knowledge about the way the human body works. In the United States, scientists perform experiments on more than twenty million animals each year. That is way too many. Medical researchers study animals to get a better understanding of body processes in humans and animals. They use many animals to study the causes and effects of illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease. Vivisection is the most controversial issue of animal rights. Vivisection actually means “cutting a living thing”. Some popular companies that still test on animals are Band-Aid, Clorox, Febreze, Maybelline, and many more.
Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside cold cages in labs across the country. They suffer in pain, ache with loneliness and long to be free. All they can do is sit in their cages and wait, in fear, for the next experiment to begin. The stress actually causes the animals to begin strange behavior like pulling out their hair and biting at their own skin. They jump in fear whenever someone walks past, scared that they will be chosen. After going through this terrible life, almost all of these animals are killed.
I feel animals are tested for meaningless numbers on a chart and then killed. There are many cheap, faster, and non-animal tests that can replace the ones that are out there now. The first realistic software models of human and animal organs are starting to emerge — potentially replacing some of the fifty to one hundred million animals used each year for scientific research. Human skin model tests are now being used, including the EpiDerm test, which has been accepted as a total replacement for skin corrosion studies in rabbits. Products could also be tested on cultured human cells grown in laboratories. This would be more reliable because they are actual human cells.
There are so many reasons to stop animal testing. All of these things are done to animals in laboratories but if they were done outside of these places, they would be considered crimes. The animals suffer everyday with no protection from cruelty. For one thing, it's wasteful because so many scientists have come up with humane and modern technology that is faster and cheaper than testing animals. Animal testing needs to be stopped immediately.

The author's comments:
I am very strongly against this topic and it needs to come to a stop immediately.

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This article has 5 comments.

pace said...
on Mar. 22 2018 at 11:34 am
I agree with you well I am taking ideas from your essay cause I like it

pace said...
on Mar. 22 2018 at 11:34 am
I agree with you well I am taking ideas from your essay cause I like it

on Apr. 10 2017 at 12:21 pm
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Animal experimentation is heartbreaking to me. Your article was really well thought out and provided really good information. I have been searching for moving animal testing essays to share to help create awareness for this worthy cause, and this site had some great essay examples: Animal Testing Essay Thank you for sharing your words.

hannah said...
on Feb. 29 2016 at 1:44 pm
Actually there is only one law that protects animals. The Animal Welfare Act enacted in 1966 regulates the care and use of animals in research, testing, teaching, exhibiting, and transporting. The Act only provides minimal defense for most animals, and no defense to some.

Skullina said...
on Dec. 8 2015 at 2:29 am
Thank you for writing this . It really hit home with me .. unfortunately I am a mom that is on drugs. And my grown children barely talk to me because of my choices.. while reading this a little light came on in my head and I realized this is no life for me... because everything you wrote is very are very wise. . again. I want to tell you Thank you because you gave me the push I needed to get my life back in order ....I hope your parents are very proud of you
Take care and keep on writing

sean said...
on Nov. 7 2014 at 10:28 am
Hey grace i feel what you are talking bout why dont you like animals

grace said...
on Oct. 23 2014 at 5:12 pm
hey, so I didn't read too much of your article, but I noticed at the end that you said the animals have 'no protection' from the cruelty, and while there are always seems to be some cases in which there are animals with no protection, there are actually several laws that protect the animals and comittees made for the purpose of overseeing the animal testing. I'd reccomend looking onto both sides of the arguement before writing about your side. No means to be rude, so please don't take it that way, but just a reccomendation.