Animal Testing Essay

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ISSUE: For the most part, we would not be able to live very comfortably without them. The question of what is considered proper treatment of animals has been highly debated by groups looking at both the moral and ethical issues of the situation. What exactly is our proper role with regard to non-human creatures? Do they have any rights, or may we do as we please with them? These are questions that politicians all over the world have been arguing about for many years, and still is as controversial as ever!

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
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Since chemicals are bitter-tasting and have an unpleasant smell, animals refuse to swallow them. The animals are then forced to swallow the substances in the form of capsules or pellets. They are also force-fed liquid chemicals by stomach tube, or through a hole cut in the animal’s throat (Dickinson 23).

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

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