Scientists use animals to test cosmetics, medicines, and lots of other products we use. This has been a controversial issue for a long time. Some argue testing on some animals now will prevent lots of human suffering and save lives in the future. Others say it’s unethical and cruel.
Still, everyone agrees that millions of animals are subjected to excruciating pain in labs. And that thousands of them die. Whatever your position, read on to get the facts:
1. Estimates say that between 14 and 70 million animals are used in experiments each year. It’s impossible to know exactly how many animals are tested because US law does not require scientists to report how many birds, reptiles, or rodents they use.
2. Over 1 million dogs, cats, primates, sheep, hamsters, and guinea pigs are used in labs each year. Of those, over 86,000 are dogs and cats.
3. Thousands of shelter animals are tormented and euthanized in U.S. laboratories every year.
4. 50% of animals used in cosmetic testing die within three weeks of the experiment.
5. The shifting of the earth’s plates in the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26, 2004 caused a rupture more than 600 miles long, displacing the seafloor above the rupture by perhaps 10 yards horizontally and several yards vertically. As a result, trillions of tons of rock were moved along hundreds of miles and caused the planet to shudder with the largest magnitude earthquake in 40 years.
6. Rodents, birds, and reptiles are not protected by the USDA’s Animal Welfare Act. Therefore, labs that only test on these animals are not required to provide pain relief.
7. Many of these labs burn, shock, torture, shock, and starve animals without pain relief. For example, baby mice endured severed ligaments for 16 weeks without pain relief.
8. Small animals like hamsters, mice, and rats are usually kept in plastic boxes about the size of a shoebox. Several animals leave in each box.
9. Larger animals like dogs, cats, and primates usually live in wire cages. Most animals stay in their cages all the time except when they are being used in experiments.
10. Animal testing is often ineffective in predicting how products will work on people. Some estimates say up to 92% of tests passed on animals failed when tried on humans.
11. Animal testing that was outlawed in the UK was moved to the US.
29% Say Yes
We have the right
Guys, look at this like a food chain. We humans are part of the food chain. Like how lions eat rabbits for their NEEDS, we use animals for our NEEDS. Nature gave us our brains- a specialty only to humans. Nature gave tigers their fangs and claws, as their specialty. The tiger NEED other animals for their survival. We NEED other animals too for our survival. The tigers go and get it, and so do we! So, why are you guys in the opposition against humans for obtaining our NEEDS, but not the tigers for acquiring theirs?
You may say that we are being cruel, but aren't tigers ripping limbs out of a deer crueler? We humans are just mammals, but with a talented brain bestowed by the nature. SO USE it! Just like how a tiger use its gift of fangs and claws! There is NOTHING wrong with us for using animals for research as we are - sorry to reiterate- obtaining our NEEDS, just like any other animals do.
71% Say No
Humans should be wiped out of existence.
Humans just test on animals for the curiosity of it. There is no need to study and kill them. Humans should be tested on instead of animals because the results would be more defined. Humans are already used to test on by the FDA. About 92% of drugs that work on animals are dangerous to humans. If humans never existed, the world would be a better place. No global warming, animal abuse, or any other bad things you can name.