The reason for the most important animal testing is to save
human lives, to establish whether there is some aspect of a drug or
treatment that could be harmful or fatal. Other research helps find
cures and treatments for animal diseases. However, other uses for
animal testing are not as valuable, such as testing cosmetics, or
improving surgical techniques by deliberately injuring animals in a
certain way. In many of these situations, neither animal nor human
testing is morally defensible.
In a Bible context, some would say it is because men have
"dominion" over the earth, which means we are in charge and the
custodians of all other creatures, so we can do what we want. But
means we also have responsibility
the Earth and everything that lives on it. Therefore, we should not
waste lives, even of animals. Whether testing is unnecessary is an
argument that many people would have. Is killing animals during
testing worth the lives that a drug may save? Perhaps. Perhaps not.
What is certain is that we should keep asking these questions, and
be aware of how we interact with our environment. We should be
careful with the lives that we hold power over.
This is a subject that is going to lead to great debate. Some
people will say animals are needed to do research in order to save
lives, but the myth of that is that when you hear on the news
something such as a certain product has been deemed dangerous for
human consumption or certain medications have bad side effects --
guess where these are tested? The calculation of the doses they
give to rats, mice, dogs, cats, and monkeys may not tell you
exactly what it can do to a human. Cosmetics industries have used
animals for injurious testing, leaving the poor animals with
blindness, sores on their bodies, and pain. If you notice now, not
only cosmetics but other products will be labeled "not animal
tested." There's a good reason for that. Many people will refuse to
buy products that are animal tested, and companies did not want to
lose their customers.
Several years ago, prisoners with life sentences were given the
opportunity to become guinea pigs, to give back to society. The
prisoners were NEVER forced and shouldn't be, but some truly wanted
to leave this world by mending what they took away from society.
There were, on occasion, other prisoners in prison for long
sentences that were only too happy to try a new drug or treatment
in exchange for reduced. But this should always be the prisoner's
To me it's like putting poisonous flea collars on humans to see if
they'll work on a dog! If the human seemed to fare well and only a
few had rashes or other maladies and 2% died from having that flea
collar on, then it's FDA approved! But, think of this one. The
people that put out this particular dog collar and tested it on
people will now advertise it to pet owners as the best thing since
sliced bread, and the dog gets a mega-dose of the ingredients in
the flea collar, and some could have the same unfavorable side
effects (even causing more death). This is the reverse of the
animal-human scenario. Of course animals are smaller than people,
but, scientists love to talk about a product or food that could be
"dangerous to your health" when they have only tested it on rats or
mice, and not in the same doses a human would ingest it.
Just look at the news at all the medications advertised for the
betterment of the human race, but then listen to the side effects!
It makes me want to take that medication like I'd want a boil on my
backside. Also if you watch the news you'll see more and more drugs
being hauled off the market. I have investments and my advisor told
me NEVER to invest in drugs because some drug companies were
unreliable with their research and many of the medications were
being hauled off the market. Think about that one! So much for
If anyone is in doubt what they do to these animals feel free to
visit a testing lab, but I can guarantee you they won't let you in
Animal testing saves more lives (both people and animals) than it
kills. They won't let you through their labs because visitors only
want to tell other people about how horrific it is...or worse, to
sabotage the labs. Why are people more bothered about animal
testing than Third World poverty? Most people seriously need to get
there priorities right.
And human testing? That wouldn't be cruel?
I'm an animal lover but when it comes to using animals or humans
for testing I'm afraid I'd have to vote against animals. I'm sorry
some animal lovers care more for a bunch of mice, specially bred
for testing, than the human lives that might be saved. There was a
reference made to all the problems with some of the new drugs on
the market. Did you ever stop to think that maybe it's because of
the fact that it has become a taboo subject to use animals in
testing? It was also mentioned that "lifers" were given an
opportunity to become human guinea pigs, I'm all for that! But,
let's face it why should they, there's always a possibility that
the ones that say they are innocent truly are. Even spending the
rest of their lives in prison, they'd likely rather live.
Animal testing is a horrible thing. Human testing is far worse!
What kind of society have we become when an animal's life is more
important than a human life?
It may be cruel, but it's done before a medication or related item
is released into the market. It's tested on lab animals to make
sure it's safe. The catch is that animals have different enzymes
and genetic makeups, so even though some animals are similar to
humans, animal testing isn't always so reliable.