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Animal Testing Should Be Banned


By Avalon Cole

Millions of animals in the U.S. are used for testing per year. Despite the many movements and bills attempted abolish the act, experiments continue to abuse and even kill animals. Conducting dangerous experiments to helpless animals is shown to stir up controversy, on whether animal testing is worth it or not. Copious amounts of careless experiments are conducted, while the treatment of animals isn’t prioritized. Institutes that perform animal testing display irresponsible behavior, disqualifying themselves from being able to carry out such risky experiments. Animal testing is not worth the damage it inflicts on animals, and people involved.

Experiments have shown to be somewhat relevant towards health problems for animals but irrelevant, and even harmful towards human health. According to the Nutrition Health Review, the pharmaceutical company, Merck released an anti inflammatory drug called rofecoxib, that was held responsible for 88,000 to 139,000 heart attacks in the five years it was on the shelves. The drug was taken off voluntarily by the company, it was determined to be safe based on experiments proved to be beneficial for animals. This uncovers just how harmful and unreliable animal experiments can be. Just because a product may seem safe for animals, it does not mean it would be safe for humans. If Animal testing is not even reliable enough to ensure the safety of the product, then why should it be necessary? The time and suffering put into these experiments are not worth the poor outcome. How do we know that anything else tested by animals could be suitable for humans? How could anyone feel safe knowing that something that is FDA approved, was possibly approved only because it successfully went through animal testing, when it is clearly an unpredictable method. Although, animal testing has shown to be important, in order to retain research and knowledge on how to solve complicated health issues, there is a bigger chance that the tested product won’t even provide a beneficial solution. According to Aysha Akhtar, a Board-certified neurologist, “If you were volunteering for a clinical trial, there is more than 90 percent chance that the drug that tested safe and effective in animals will be ineffective or unsafe in you” (2). If there is a much greater chance that the product won’t even work, what is the point of risking the lives of animals and the wellbeing of people? It is so obvious to see how unstable animal testing is. If testing animals in itself is not good enough to provide a successful solution, it should be eliminated altogether. Alternative methods need to be sought out in order to create a stable way to produce safe products for human consumption.

It may be surprising how much animal testing actually affect humans, but how animals are treated during this process is disgusting. According to USA Today, “...three VA facilities are slated to include roughly 300 dogs, including 6-month-old Beagle puppies, and involve surgeries on their brains, spines and hearts...”(Slack 2). These companies are so so despicable that they will operate on extremely young pups, whose purpose has been set just to be another experiment. These animals haven't even had the opportunity to experience some sort of living, or to fully develop. Imagine a baby being taken from his/her mother at 6 months year old, just so corporations can pick him/her about for research. Imagine if this were to happen systematically, in copious amounts at a time. The outrage that would follow would surely make a difference. Animals deserve the same type of defense. Even though humans may have an intellectual advantage over other animals, it doesn't make animals any less important. The fact that people may think otherwise shows that they portray an arrogant and a savagely mindset. This is shown even more later in the article when it is stated that “All the dogs will be killed when the research is complete”(Slack 2). These corporations really don’t care at all about what happens to these animals. These dogs are robbed of their livelihood at an early age and then thrown away like trash right when they are done with. How could one be so careless? Even with the knowledge that all the dogs will be killed in the end, experiments are still to be gone through. Rather than the death of the dogs being an accidental effect from experiments, they are planned to be murdered in hopes for a solution to benefit humans. A dog is a man’s best friend, not a man’s worst experiment. People are raised alongside the love and protection of their dogs. How can they abuse such a relationship? Dogs who are known to be loyal to humans are being taken advantage of. To maintain animal well being, animal testing needs to be taken out altogether.

Although animal testing is extremely dangerous for animals and for humans, the funding gone into it is tremendous. According to change.org, “USA spends $16 billion dollars annually for animal testing at taxpayers' expense…” ( Terrance 2). So much money continuously pools into an act that inflicts much more harm than not. Imagine anything else that money could have been used for; to feed starving people in South Sudan or to provide for the homeless on skid row. Not to mention, the fact that the money used to fund animal testing is from the people’s own pocket. People go about their lives while their hard-earned money spent on taxes, is being dumped into funding for something they may not even support. When I become an adult, I don’t want to pay taxes that benefit a horrible cause, but unfortunately I don’t have control over that, because no one does. The whole system made to fuel the usage of animals for experiments is corrupt and unjust. Money is wasting away on helpless, cruel experiments and providing more problems than solutions. Institutes receive funding for animal testing, even when they aren't responsible enough to correctly carry out their experiments. According to an investigation by the Virginia’s Office of Research Oversight, “...researchers at the VA facility in Richmond, Va., failed to adequately document whether dogs had been treated properly. Four dogs suffered complications in experimental surgeries.”(Slack 4). These people responsible for the lives of these animals aren’t even responsible enough to record the dog’s accurate health. People working this system are untrustworthy and shouldn’t be carrying out such delicate procedures. Failing to provide the correct information shows that these experiments shouldn’t be carried out because they aren’t carried out correctly. When the wrong information is recorded and used to progress in a project, false progress is made and can result in what people may think is the solution, while it could be something that is much worse. This can result in inaccurate products being approved, therefore, people will get hurt. To avoid disaster, funding needs to be prevented in order to eradicate animal testing and those running it.

It is apparent that animal testing is an irresponsible, an unsafe and an unreliable method to find solutions. The iniquitous behavior leaves people with worse situations than before. To avoid the abuse of animals from harmful and unjust corporations, animal testing needs to be banned in the U.S. You can take part in petitions to enforce bills that will prevent this mistreatment of animals. It can only be prevented with the contribution of many. It is only the humane thing to do.

Works Cited

Slack, Donovan. "Gruesome dog testing outrage." USA Today, 26 Sept. 2017, p. 01A. Student Resources in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A506830336/SUIC?u=paci91811&xid=0fea2d69. Accessed 6 Nov. 2017 http://go.galegroup.com/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=T004&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&searchType=BasicSearchForm¤tPosition=6&docId=GALE

McGinley, Laurie. "FDA halts monkey research denounced by Jane Goodall as 'shameful'." Washington Post, 25 Sept. 2017. Student Resources in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A506450034/SUIC?u=paci91811&xid=beeb82bf. Accessed 6 Nov. 2017.

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