Is animal testing so bad? Well let’s start with what is animal testing? Animal testing is where scientist test products such as cosmetics and medicines on animals in order to see if they are safe on humans. The animals that are mostly tested on are rats/mice, rabbits, bids, guinea pigs, and other small vertebrates. In some cases cats, dogs, pigs, and some other “farm animals”.
The animals that are used in laboratories are often bred just for experimentation. We as humans like to think in many cases the animals that are tested on come out completely okay! Except that isn’t the case at all! These animals are poked at with needles and other sharpe and scary objects, basically tortured for endless periods of times. In some cases this is even their last moments. In some experiments the animals “must die” in order to carry out the experiments. In order for us to test botox, vaccines, and test chemical safety. The animals that take part in these experiments either die or are extremely close to dying (source used), but what happens to the ones who survive? We simply can’t throw these poor creatures into the wild, most of them have been kept in captivity their whole life, they won’t survive. In many cases these animals are euthanized using either a gas or sedative. (source)
Why should we test on animals? When we test on animals it eliminates the risk of a human getting hurt or even dying. If you can find a cure for a disease and it requires experimentation, then in most people’s eyes it is okay morally okay. In most cases the reason scientists use animals is due to the fact they have similar DNA traits as humans, as well as there are no other way to have a more accurate simulation. Also in some cases the animals may benefit. Although these animals are helping us out in our medical field, why do we test our cosmetics on them? What is in our lipsticks and mascaras that we need them tested, and why can’t humans do these experiments?
Animals are being testing on and in some cases basically tortured just so we humans can see which botox is the best, or which lipstick is really “long lasting”. Many of your favorite brands use animal testing. Brands such as Avon, Benefit, Makeup Forever, and so many more! For some companies, such as the makeup brand MAC, they legally have to test their products on animals. MAC is made in China where it’s a law to test products on animals. Although in the United States this is not a law, but there are very few laws against/ preventing product testing on animals. An organization called PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has stated that more than 100 million animals die each year due to product testing. PETA even spoke out and said “they are confined to barren cages, socially isolated, and psychologically traumatized. The thinking, feeling animals who are used in experiments are treated like nothing more than disposable laboratory equipment.” (peta.org)
So do our teens feel about the cruelty that’s going on? Well I asked a few students from West Clermont High School how they felt and this is what they said. “Animals are living creatures and they shouldn’t be susceptible to torture just for people’s benefit.” Logan Graves, a junior at WCHS. “I think it is inhumane but also necessary, because there is really no way around it. Humans also could say no to it or do it and make money whereas animals can’t really say no.” Nicole Jordan, a junior at WCHS. I even asked a couple senior who gave me their hard hitting and honest opinions on the topic.
Alec Chitwood said, “I do not believe we should participate in animal testing because it is extremely cruel and degrading to the animal. When we experiment on animals, we are taking them out of their natural habitat and basically torturing them. They are already scared because they have no idea what is going on but they are strapped down, harnessed to something, etc. and they are poked, prodded, and put under excruciatingly painful conditions. A lot of times, when we experiment on animals we are doing it for cosmetic purposes but those experimental substances burn the hair and skin off of those defenseless animals. It’s like, how would you feel if you were strapped down and force fed and then have something put on you that burns the ever living hell out of your body. Scientific experimentation is so much worse. Like, they are put under harsher conditions where they are missing parts of their body and are forced to ingest stuff that can kill them and forced to do stuff that they don’t want to do all for food, it’s like if you were put into a maze and told that if you make it out you’ll get a prize but if you don’t we’ll shock you until you learn.”
Diana Hufford had this to say on the issue, “I think it’s okay when it’s used for medical progression when there are no other alternatives available, but even then causing the least amount of harm possible, but if you have to test a blood clotting agent on a rat because there’s no other way to mimic the regular circulatory functions of a human body that’s fine, as long as you aren’t intentionally causing more harm to it than what’s necessary. I don’t personally agree with experiments that end in the animals death but I can see why it has to be done to make medical progression but if it’s cosmetics or whatever no way! If you need to test on animals to see if my hair will fall out from using your shampoo then 1) it’s probably not actually safe and should be regulated and 2) there are people who are willing to test cosmetics who have free will.”
Now that you have heard the truth about what these poor creatures are going through and heard some people opinions, how do you feel on the topic?