Every year 100 million or more animals are harmed due to animal testing.
Despite advances in technology, this method of testing product safety is still used in countries all around the world. Although the U.S. leads the world on innovative research and methods, many companies here still use the outdated, barbaric practice of animal testing, which can result in the burning, crippling, and poisoning of animals.
This topic is important because people have forgotten how our actions negatively impact animals. Animal testing is cruel and needs to stop, because it has far too many damaging consequences for animals, humans and the environment.
Today, many industries use animal testing for different products, including cosmetics, medications, household goods, and pesticides. According to the Humane Society Factsheet on cosmetic testing, during experimentation, “chemicals are rubbed on shaved skin or dripped into the eyes without any pain relief.” Other tests, such as ones for potential carcinogens, involve harming pregnant animals and their fetuses, while others use the same animal repeatedly for an extended period of time (“11 Facts about Animal Testing”). Furthermore, “according to the Humane Society, registration of a single pesticide requires more than 50 experiments and the use of as many as 12,000 animals”(Moxley). This excessive abuse of animals clearly shows how negatively testing affects them.
In addition to the unnecessary harm the animals face, animal testing is also bad for people and the environment. Every year, millions of animals used in testing are discarded. According to waste collection reports from the National Institutes of Health division of Intramural Research Laboratories, in just 18 months, from the year 2011 to 2013, these labs alone produced over 1.5 million pounds of animal breeding, excrement, and excess food waste. The animal waste is contaminated with toxic or hazardous chemicals, viruses, and infectious diseases. Incineration is one of the most common methods for disposal.
Excerpts from an article written by 10th grader Cheraine Pugh.
There are cruelty-free alternatives so why not use these instead of choosing violence?