Help the Animals: Ban Animal Testing!

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Animal testing is not simply testing animals to help produce more medical drugs. In fact, it leads to many more ethical issues, which is why animal testing should be banned.

In the eyes of the typical person, animals and drugs have no correlation. However, animals play an important role when it comes to drug testing; in order for a drug to be federally approved, scientists must perform numerous experiments on animals to ensure that no negative effects will arise when used on humans. Although animal testing allows for the production of more safe and advanced medicine and drugs, testing should be banned in order to prevent animals from suffering unnecessary abuse.

 

 

 

Testing drugs are vital to human safety, but it is unnecessary to use animals as test subjects. Studies show that there is a replaceable method for animal testing. Modern technology enables scientists to study cell cultures and create computer models of the proposed drug, allowing them to virtually test the drug without using animals. The new method is perhaps even more economically preferable than animal testing. According to animal-testing.procon.org, “the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) spends $14 billion of its $31 billion annual budget on animal research.” The amount of money spent on animal testing can be drastically cut down by switching to the new method. Moreover, the money usually goes down the drain, since animal testing does not provide the information researchers need to be able to confirm that their products are safe.

 

 

 

Most experiments on animals do not have a definite result because they are neither accurate nor reliable. Animals are very different from humans, so testing human-used drugs on animals is a big risk.  On the website, animal-testing.procon.org, reportedly “94% of drugs that pass animal tests fail in human clinical trials.” The huge margin of error that leads to medical catastrophes can not only harm the animal specimen, but humans as well. There is no point in testing on animals whose genetic makeup drastically differs from humans and reacts in different ways to certain substances.

 

 

 

Most importantly, animal test subjects are not protected by federal law. The Animal Welfare Act, a set of minimum requirements on the care and treatment of certain animals, excludes these creatures from receiving any protection. If humans can retain basic rights and protect themselves when undergoing clinical trials, the same should be done for animals being tested. According to the article “Animal Testing Cons: What Every Person Should Know”, written by April Klazema, in order “to satisfy the requirements of the testing process, animals may be force-fed, deprived of food or water for lengthy periods of time, or physically restrained against their will. While it’s inaccurate to say that all animal testing is inhumane, experiments that inflict pain upon animals or at the very least put them through an unpleasant experience can occur without violating any law.” As a result, these animals receive cruel, and inhumane treatment. They can be injected with multiple carcinogenic (cancer-causing) compounds to develop specific types of cancer, upon which scientists would try using different drugs to combat the cancer. In addition, 50% of these animals die during the process. The death of the animal not only interrupts the experiment’s results, but also wastes a large amount of money.

 

 

 

Opponents of this issue may argue that animal testing has contributed to many successful studies on life-saving matters. As stated in the website www.pro-test.org.uk, “From antibiotics to blood transfusions, from dialysis to organ transplantation, from vaccinations to chemotherapy, bypass surgery and joint replacement, practically every present-day protocol for the prevention, treatment, cure and control of disease, pain and suffering is based on knowledge attained through research with lab animals.” However, successful studies can also be obtained from other experiments that do not revolve around animals; it is not right for scientists to test on a different species than their own just because they want to prevent injury or disease within their own species, especially if the different species do not react to drugs and substances the same way.

 

 

 

These critters are subjected to different types of torturous trials, and, unfortunately, are not even protected by federal law. The only reason why animals are undergoing the pain of drug testing is for people to thrive. However, people and animals are all important to the world; equality does not mean that animals shall suffer in order to promote human well being. In order for there to be a more equal world, animal testing should be banned.