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Somewhere out there in a research lab, animals are being burned, poisoned, mutilated, and brain damaged, all in the name of human betterment. An innocent rabbit’s eyes are getting blistered in the result of a cosmetic failure, a chimp is whimpering at the sight of protein needle that will tear her skin and give her bruises. Every year, millions of cats, rats, rabbits, and other mammals are captured and tamed inside freezing barren cages and subjected to brutal experimentations. These facts are not merely an emotional appeal but the reality that we have subjected animals too. It is unacceptable to think that animals don’t experience the same level of pain and suffering emotionally and physically in the same way that we do. Why is it ok to allow one animal to suffer so that we can live when we are all animals? Why is our health any more important?
A study revealed that more than 100 million animals are poisoned, burned and deliberately mutilated in US labs every year. All drugs that enter into clinical trials must undergo extensive animal testing yet 90% fail in human cases. The best case in this scenario can be that the patient experiences absolutely no benefit and the worst case; they end up having liver problems, become blind or wind up dead. How successful can it be called when the animals have undergone emotional and psychological distress. These points alone should be sufficient to enforce the complete ban on animal testing, yet we remain reluctant.
Some argue that animal testing is inevitable for safe productions of drugs and cosmetics. Development of vaccines against rubella rabies mumps measles would not have been possible if they weren’t tested on animals first. They think that there is no hope to cure diseases without animals. While these points seem valid, one must also consider the physiological and chemical differences between animals and humans. The organ structure, anatomy, drug absorption rate and many other such characteristics vary from species to species. These differences can give us insufficient or erroneous information when we attempt to implement animal responses to human diseases. Statistics show that over 90% of experimental drugs that prove effective and safe in animals are unreliable for human use. While most of us might be aware of all these facts, the bigger question is: will our empathy ever extend beyond our selfishness? When will we realize that animals are sentient beings and the pains they suffer are more as their senses are much accentuated?
Animal experimentations are not the only way to ensure all the medical products are safe for human beings. Not only do alternatives exist, but they are being developed at record speeds. The world is moving towards a future dominated by more sophisticated methods using computers, robots, and even artificial and real human cells and organs. These methods are faster, less expensive and more effective than the extremely dated animal testing that is in use. Developments have been made in an in-vitro test with cell culture that avoid the use of animals altogether.
Thankfully there are organizations such as, “The Humane Society of US”, “Animal Welfare Network (Nepal)”, etc. that are working toward development and acceptance and to end animal testing worldwide. Manufacturing of cruelty based products has halved in the UK in the past century. Increased regulations in America and India have led to decreasing in mainstream companies using animal tests. Although the downside to all this is it has led large companies to emerge in places where there are fewer checks and less public involvement. In China and Singapore, cosmetic and therapeutic animal experimentation have skyrocketed. With few organizations working against its level of accountability and transparency is poor. Hopefully, the realization that animal testing is a barbaric act will dawn on all of us soon and there will be no strong laws against the abuse of poor victims.
Are you aware not the only way to ensure all the medical products are safe for human beings
All drugs that enter into clinical trials must undergo extensive animal testing yet 90% fain in humans
Best case: patient experience absolutely no benefit
Worst case: you end up having liver probs, blind or dead
Not only Alternatives exist and being developed at record speeds.
Myth: no hope to cure diseases w/o animal
The world is moving towards a future dominated by more sophisticated methods using computers, robots, and even artificial and real human cells and organs.
This method is faster, less expensive and more effective than the extremely dated animal testing in use
The humane society is work toward development and acceptance and to end animal testing worldwide
Animals whimpering, brutal animal experimentation, not only emotional appeal, deliberately genetically mutilated, rabbits eyes blistered all for the sake of experimentation
The reality that we have subjected animals too, some argue it is inevitable for safe productions. How sympathy extend selfishly,
Development of vaccines against rubella rabies mumps measles, physiological and chemical differences
Studies on Animal models no adverse effect
Gave birth to abnormalities and deformities all responsible for the consequence of inconclusive at
How successful can it be called when the relevant be when the animals have undergone physiological distress
Inconclusive and unreliable as result of isolation from natural habitat.
Relevance is dubious
Statistics: have halved in UK in the past century
Increased regulations in America and India have led large companies to emerge in places where there are fewer checks and less public involvement.
In China and Singapore, cosmetic and therapeutic animal examination have skyrocketed.
With few organizations working against its level of accountability and transparency is poor.
In-vitro test with cell culture that avoid the use of animals altogether
Author: Asmita Mallik