Testing on animals: pros & cons

Animal testing is the procedure performed on living animals for purposes of research into basic biology and diseases, assessing the effectiveness of new medical products and testing the human health and environmental safety of consumer and industry products. However, should animal testing continue as a process in our world today?

Many believe that, animal testing contributes to life-saving cures and treatments for both humans and animals as there is no alternate method for researching a complete living organism. It also helps endure safety towards us when using everyday products. This is because those products get tested on animals first before being proved safe for use. Furthermore, it is said by scientists that «Animals are appropriate research subjects because they share many similarities with us in many different ways. This helps us receive accurate results after testing.» Lastly, strict regulations are sometimes applied preventing the mistreatments of animals in laboratories.

On the other hand, others say that animal testing is cruel and inhumane. Animals used in experiments are commonly subjects to force feeding, food and water deprivation, the infliction of burns and other wounds to study the healing process, the inflictions of pain to study its effects and remedies and many other suffering potentially leading to death. Also, animal testing may mislead researches into ignoring potential cures and treatments as some chemicals that are ineffective on animals prove to be valuable when used by humans, or even the opposite. Millions of animals each year are killed due to animal testing and this proves that we need to put a stop to it as soon as possible.

In conclusion, I strongly believe that animal testing should not continue to occur as it takes away the lives of many animals and surpasses every right they are bound to have. For me, it should not be supported or excused in any situation as well as encouraged by the authorities and the public. Maybe working together will help lead to a new solution that can further on replace the process of animal testing.

Alexandra Tsiotsi



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