Experimenting on animals is not a new ethical issue, we have been experimenting on them since 1960’s, first when a dog called Laika was sent to space to know whether the space shuttle could withstand the conditions in space. But then it was only the beginning, and now we were experimenting on them in the fields of Drug research, Cosmetic tests etc.
These animals were brought from the wild, locked in cages causing distress for days and were tested in cruel and inhumane ways. Companies like Maybelline, Avon and SC Johnson were few of the companies who have been testing their cosmetics on animals, if they fail working on them
the animals will suffer from skin burns and other side effects. Many other drug research organizations like National Institute of Health in the United states were testing on millions of primates like monkeys and chimpanzees and rodents like Rabbits and rats.
“Prisoners on death row” is the feeling animals get when they were locked for testing.
Organizations like PETA, Animal justice project and Cruelty free international were hardly trying to get the animal testing banned in several countries. They were successful to some extent as they got testing on animals banned in 40 countries. But countries like the United
states, Italy, Japan and other 140 countries were still allowing animal testing.
• Testing on animals is to make sure that the product is safe for humans. But studies say that 95% of the products that were a pass when tested on animals still fail on humans.
• Animals which were effected by testing were not given medical care instead they were let to die.
Alternatives to animal testing
• Invitro methods and models of human-cells on scaffolds must be used for testing which could replace thousands of primates and also gives more success rates of drugs as they were tested on human cells. (Legal and Ethical)
• Computer simulations must be done so as to predict the working before testing.
Hence, These are some of the methods that can be implemented to reduce experimenting on animals.
Hey reader! Please, suggest some methods that come to your mind for reducing experiments on animals.
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