Many people may not realize this but most of the products that they are buy have been tested on animals; From makeup and shampoos to dish soaps and clothing. The one I that was surprising to me was finding out that even the white ink that’s in the middle of every M&M has been tested on animals.
I know that for some people this may be disturbing but to others it may not mean anything at all and that’s just sad. Either way the argument over animal testing has become more popular throughout the years. Animal testing has been happening since 500 B.C. It is said that Aristotle would experiment on animals for logical reasons. Around 200 A.D dissecting animals in public was once used as a form of entertainment, and people would stand there and watch which is just horrible. It’s cruel and inhumane to put animals through so much pain just because they cannot speak or stand up for themselves does not mean they don’t feel pain. Animals have feelings. They can feel love, fear, and pain. Animals should not be put through such pain and suffering for something we need. This just comes to prove how selfish we can be and how we think we are the greater species, so we use animals instead of us. Animals should not be used for testing and researching new products. Each year, more than 100 million animals are killed during testing. Most of these animals end up dying before the experiment is even over. Others might stay alive through the whole process but end up dying shortly after. Most of these tests are unnecessary.
According to the Food and Drug Association, 92 out of 100 drug tests that are passed on animals end up failing in humans so if 92% of drug tests fail, what’s the use in testing on animals? It is misleading, and we end up wasting money and time. It only lengthens the suffering of people waiting for a cure. A lot of people rely on animal testing too heavily, that if the drug fails, we won’t even give it a chance in humans. Aside from being cruel, these experiments aren’t exactly useful to humans. All these tests that they do on animals are extremely expensive and consume so much time and energy, plus the lives of many innocent creatures are being taken away. From a scientific point of view, the results are not necessarily transferable to humans. In the history of cancer many tests and experiments have managed to cure cancer in mice but up to this day it still doesn’t work on humans. Animals don’t have a choice.
Every year thousands of innocent animals in the U.S are being poisoned, blinded, and killed for some unnecessary tests. When you are buying products from companies that use animals, you can always request the cruelty free shopping guide, or you can also check out companies that do and don’t test on animals in order to find out which of your favorite brands and products are animal friendly. You can also find alternatives to products manufactured by companies that do test on animals. Also, something that is very important is to remember to only support compassionate charities. Some of these health charities ask for donations to help people with diseases and disabilities yet spend the money to bankroll horrific experiments on dogs, rabbits, rats, mice, primates, hamsters, pigs, ferrets, frogs, fish, guinea pigs, sheep, birds, and other animals. Instead of damaging poor, innocent animals bodies for cures for humans diseases, compassionate charities focus all their research were the best hope of treatment lies; with humans. They understand that we can improve treatments through up-to-date, non-animal methods, and they fund only non-animal research, leading to real progress in the prevention and treatment of diseases. Always make sure that your charitable donations are going to life-saving charities and not life-taking charities. Animal cruelty is not worth it, and the results are not always accurate. The suffering and pain that these animals are put through is not worth it. Finding alternatives could change everything. Throughout this research I have learned that animal testing is a cruel and ruthless act and should be banned for good.