4 Reasons Why Animal Testing Should Be Banned
I believe animal testing is unnecessary, and that we are investing a lot of money and time in something that doesn’t work in beauty or medicine.
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1. Animals have feelings too
This isn’t just another cheesy quote you have heard before but fact. Animals do feel pain, fear and happiness. The majority of animals that are tested are rats and monkeys, and they still feel pain and suffering. Could you live with yourself knowing you have hurt an animal for a beauty product? Just imagine your pet being mistreated and having to live its whole life not knowing anything but pain.
2. Medical animal testing doesn’t really work
Yes, some medical breakthrough have happen through animal testing, however, according to The Telegraph, “In each, there has been a catalogue of failed treatments. For example, at least 37 HIV vaccines that have been tested on primates have failed in humans; none has succeeded. In the case of stroke treatments, 95 experimental drugs have passed animal tests but failed in human clinical trials.”
3. There are other methods available
According to a big animal rights organisation PETA, “Harvard’s Wyss Institute has created “organs-on-chips” that contain human cells grown in a state-of-the-art system to mimic the structure and function of human organs and organ systems. The chips can be used instead of animals in disease research, drug testing, and toxicity testing and have been shown to replicate human physiology, diseases, and drug responses more accurately than crude animal experiments do” this means we can and must stop animal testing.
4. It’s wasteful
According to PETA, animal testing isn’t just ethically wrong, but also very wasteful. In a blog on stopping animal testing, the author writes, “Animal experiments prolong the suffering of people waiting for effective cures by misleading experimenters and squandering precious money, time, and resources that could have been spent on human-relevant research.”