Animal Testing Essay
PROBLEM: How can animal testing benefit both animals and humans without harming the animals?
BACKGROUND: For thousands of years, humans have used animals for a variety of purposes including food, clothing, labor, means of …show more content…
Animal-rights groups maintain that the tests are neither necessary nor particularly valid. And they loudly demand that the cosmetics industry find more humane ways to determine the safety of the product. While animal-rights activists ask if long eyelashes and red lips are worth an animal’s life, the cosmetics industry and FDA insist they are diligently searching for alternatives (Snead).
According to the Michigan Society for Medical Research, a non-profit organization formed to educate the public about animal research, pound animals “play a vital role” in studying heart and kidney disease, brain injury and educating physicians (Roelofs).
One temporary approach to help reduce the number of animals used in testing, supported by many humane societies, is a nationwide program of birth control, easily accomplished by spaying and neutering. A “fixed” pet is no longer a potential breeder of surplus animals. He has less inclination to wander away from home. He tends to be less aggressive, more gentle, even-tempered and affectionate. Spayed bitches and cats no longer go into periods of “heat” (estrus) that require them to be confined two or more times a year to avoid