Argument Against Animal Testing

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“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures.” Albert Einstein said this to emphasize that all living things deserve to have basic rights and freedoms. Although the idea of testing on animals has been around for a long time, the modern controversy sparked in the late 1900’s with the Animal Welfare Act and the debate that followed it. Some may say that it is absurd to think that animals should have similar rights as humans, but opponents argue that animals simply look differently than humans, and should not be denied of their rights because of physical differences. They still have feelings and a sense of fear and community. Supporters also claim that animal testing is justified because…show more content… noted that using in-vitro testing, the studying of cell cultures in a test tube or petri dish, is able to “produce more relevant results because human cells can be used” (Should). Scientists can also use modern technology to model the human body and “predict the toxicity of substances without invasive experiments on animals” (Should). In today’s media age, it is easy to access technology‒ such as computers and advanced microscopes‒ to receive specific information about how something may react in the human body. Instead of animal testing, which strips animals of their liberties, these practical alternatives should be utilized as a typical practice. Plus, animal testing wastes an unnecessary amount of innocent lives. Data collected by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, states that more than 100 million animals are killed each year in U.S. laboratories alone for medical, chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics training (Experiments). This atrocious testing is poor option for scientific and commercial testing because it forcefully takes away animals’ rights to life and equality. As reported by Humane Society International, animals that are used during testing are usually put through long periods of physical restraint, prevented or forced to eat and drink, and much more (About). This prevents them from having control over their body and actions and takes away the lives of millions of innocent animals. It is senseless to use animal testing and strip animals’ liberties when the alternatives do not even associate with harming animals. The other options, that are easily accessible, serve the same purpose as animal testing, but are much more accurate and effective and do not infringe on the rights and lives of

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