For this round of research I will be looking into the negative effects of animal testing. As the negative side is more dominate in this debate topic, I would like the reader to still try and see they positive side too.
Negatives Of Animal Testing
In a debate there are always pros and cons, but today I'd like to focus on the negatives.
- During these awful procedures, many animals are tortured and then as a result killed because of the condition and the lack of food and water.
- Sometimes the drugs or makeup products aren't even used because the animal might have died before the tests were completed or the tests may have been inconclusive which means the animal was tested on for no reason.
- Animal testing can be very costly since animals have to be fed, cared for and the drug itself being tested on. Sometimes the only reason the scientists take care of the animals is so they are healthy enough to finish the testing.
- People believe animals are very different than humans, so there may still be some risks since animals aren't identical to humans. Lots of scientists test on monkeys and chimpanzees since they are the closest animals to humans.
- Lastly, animal testing is considered inhumane and torturous, but the scientists doing the procedures believe they are helping the human race by testing on animals instead of humans. (1)
There are many more negatives, but I focused on the ones above because they seemed most important in my opinion.
Is Animal Testing Considered Animal Cruelty? One of the many controversial topics in animal testing, but I'd like to try and uncover this mystery.
From reading a bunch of different articles, I'd say yes animal testing is considered animal cruelty because they are putting the animals in harm and essentially killing them in the end. As a said before, many products being tested are dripped and forced into animals eyes, throat and skin which can be excruciatingly painful. There has been a policy about the animals wellness and safety at collages, universities and labs, but I personally don't believe the protocols are always followed. (2)
I looked up the definition in the dictionary to find out exactly what the definition is and this is what I found:
Animal Cruelty - the crime of inflicting physical pain, suffering or death on an animal, usually a tame one, beyond necessity for normal discipline. It can include neglect that is so monstrous (withholding food and water) that the animal has suffered, died or been put in imminent danger of death. (3)
From what I've researched in my previous rounds, I believe that animal testing is a form of animal cruelty because the animals deal with great amounts of pain and eventually death because of the procedures they endure. Not to mention that some labs don't even feed the animals and if they do, it's to keep them healthy long enough to finish their testing.
For my next and last round of research I believe for this cycle, I will try and form a large debate with everyone's opinions and some more information of the internet about animal testing.
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