Animal Test Pros and Cons

Animals are often used as objects for various experiments and test. Any new human disease medicines are first used on animals, the new types of make has to pass the test on the animals first and surgeons practice their skills on pigs and dogs. I don’t think animal test is fair to put through the risky experiments to ensure that the medicine or other products are safe for humans to endure. Who measures the importance of life? We kill animals to avoid risk ourselves; I think there are no legitimate reasons for that. Animals have to have rights just as we people do, because they feel pain and emotions and if they look different from us, that does not mean they do not suffer or are ready to die.

It is obvious that scientists have to test the new products, but they would definitely come up with more accurate results if they tested medicine and other products of humans, since they are intended for human use. For instance, when trying to look for a cure for a stroke, scientist mainly used rats for test purposes. Out of nearly a thousand tests only 30 have worked on rats and eventually only three worked on humans. In my opinion we could find the right cures much faster and easier if we test them on humans. By testing the cures on our own species we would have more information on our body reaction to different medicines, rather than make thousands of experiments on species that have bodies and DNA very different from ours.

Of course, the easiest way is to use animals that cannot volunteer or disagree and don’t ask for money for their services. Surely humans are not very excited to put their own bodies through the experiments, because it involves pain and risk for health. The experiments that animals have to take involve a great amount of pain despite of the fact that product is mascara. We cannot justify killing of animals for our good and benefits.

Speciesism is hurting of others because they belong to other type of species, this definition sounds to me in the same manner the tests on lab mice, rats, pigs do. Scientists always emphasize how beneficial it is to be able to test all the drugs on animals but would it not be even more beneficial to test the products on us.

I think the real reason we sacrifice hundreds of thousands of animals lives to possibly save a few human is because we view ourselves as more superior to rats, mice, dogs, pigs, monkeys, etc. Even though in an Associate Press survey “2/3 of Americans surveyed said an animal’s right are just as important as a humans”, nobody would die in place of a rodent.

Many people think that humans are smarter than all other animals and that’s why their lives can be sacrificed, but KoKo the gorilla has an IQ of 80, which is only twenty points lower than the average human. That means that no one can factor in intelligence level for who partakes in food and medical experiments because most mentally challenged people have a lower IQ than KoKo the gorilla. Besides, an intelligent person doesn’t suffer from pain differently than dumb people so why would they not have to be tested on. Also it seems that the human population is forgetting that we are animals too. Chimpanzees share about 98% of our DNA and these same animals created us. For now, we are the end of the evolution, but that doesn’t make us better than the animals that we came from. I don’t think that it is our place to judge who deserves to die in order for another species to live; nobody has earned that right.

This essay Animal Test Pros and Cons, may make me seem like I am a strong advocate for animal’s rights, but I’m not even a vegetarian. I do disagree with how animals are treated by humans and I think every person would be if they knew what was actually going on in the labs and test areas. Testing out products and doing experiments on animals just seems to prolong scientist’s studies because they are wasting their time on things that most likely won’t work on humans. If we tested on humans we would know quickly if the human population can use that specific drug or product. It’s also not fair to put animals through grueling tests and painful experiments. We are also animals but instead of realizing that we are one of them we put ourselves on a pedestal because we think we are smarter and that makes us better. We are all animals and we were created with help from other species, so why do we have the right to say who can live and who can die? The fact is we don’t, but because animals can’t speak up and chose their own destiny we will continue to take advantage of all species that are “less” than ourselves.


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