More than 100 million animals every year suffer and die in cruel chemical, drug, food and cosmetic tests, biology lessons, medical training exercises, and curiosity-driven medical experiments.
There are many pros and cons to animal testing but I personally think there are far more cons to it. The major pro for animal testing is that it aids researchers in finding drugs and treatments to improve health and medicine including cancer and HIV drugs, insulin, vaccines and many more. Another pro is the fact that animal testing claims to help ensure the safety of drugs and other substances that humans are frequently exposed to including cosmetics, lotions and shampoos. Scientists claim to use animals because they are considered similar to humans but in reality, there are a plethora of other options and methods for testing products besides inflicting cruel, inhumane pain upon innocent animals.
The cons of animal testing could go on forever. Countless animals are experimented on and then killed after their use. The are basically thrown away like garbage when they have weakened and sickened them to the point of death. Others though, are injured and will still live the remainder of their lives in captivity. People don't take the time to understand the cruelty that goes on in testing labs. Monkeys are addicted to drugs and have holes drilled into their skulls, sheep and pigs have their skin burned off and rats have their spinal cords crushed. This could all be stopped very simply. Many use the excuse that animal testing is cheaper, when in reality, the alternatives cost a fraction of what animal experiments cost. There are many alternatives that are cheaper, faster and more accurate at predicting human reactions to a product than animal testing ever was. Some alternatives include human cell-based in vitro (test tube) toxicity screening and antibodies—which are used to research, diagnose, and fight diseases and have traditionally been created by injecting cancer cells into mice—can now be produced using DNA that's made in a laboratory or taken from human cells.
Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside cold, barren cages in laboratories across the country because of animal testing. With all of these alternatives, is it worth the pain and suffering? Tell me what you think.