Animal Testing

by Heather Morin on March 25, 2014

This picture shows two Beagles being forced to inhale chemicals.

Two young dogs being forced to inhale chemicals.

Estée Lauder, Johnson & Johnson, Lysol and Old Spice, to name a few, are all common household names, but did you know they are all companies that test their products on animals?  Imagine your own pet dog, cat or bunny being shoved in a small metal cage without food or water where they would be force fed pesticides, have drain cleaner poured in their eyes and have chemicals injected into their brains.

Every year millions and millions of animals are kept in laboratories to be abused, poisoned, injured and killed for the sake of animal experimentation.  Animal experimentation is done to test and research the effectiveness and safety of products that will be used by or come in contact with human consumers.  Many researchers may argue that animal testing is necessary because it makes sure that products are safe for humans but most of the time that is not the case.  The Humane Society International states, “92 percent of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials because they are too dangerous or don’t work.”  This just goes to prove that testing on animals really is not as helpful as some think it to be.  Humans are extremely different and in many cases more complex than the animals, so it is not surprising that products being tested do not have the same effects on people as they do animals.  This difference also puts the people who are the first experimental users of a product at risk because there is no way to tell exactly how a person will react when it is only known how an animal reacts to it.  So no matter what humans are put at risk with any new product and countless animals were tortured and killed for no reason.

So what is being done to end animal testing and change how horribly these animals are treated? The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) has a goal, “To establish, wherever feasible, guidelines, recommendations, and regulations that promote the regulatory acceptance of new or revised scientifically valid toxicological tests that protect human and animal health and the environment while reducing, refining, or replacing animal tests and ensuring human safety and product effectiveness.”  This committee has taken on the task of trying to reduce, refine and replace animal testing, wherever it is possible, with other means of experimentation that are less harmful to animals and more beneficial to people.  Currently there are alternatives to animal testing and in many cases they are more advanced and more accurate than animal testing with ever be.  Human simulators, cell-based studies and silicon chip biosensors are a few of the many methods being used that provide faster and more “human-relevant” information because they are studies done on what would be a considered a human and not an animal.  As long as these advances in science and technology are continually being made then eventually animal testing will be considered a weaker method of experimentation and will be used less and less by scientists.

Also, organizations like PETA and The Humane Society International both encourage these new alternate forms of testing and are very concerned with animal’s rights when it comes to experimentation.  Since experimentation is done on animals for anything ranging from a new cancer drug to a new lipstick ingredient, it is obvious some tests are completely unnecessary.  Is having a new shade of long lasting red lipstick worth thousands of animals being abused and killed?  It’s probably safe to assume most people would agree that it’s not.

These experiments are done for things like new cosmetics and shampoos are completely unnecessary and trivial compared to an animal’s life.  If you go onto PETA’s website you can find a list of companies that do and do not participate in animal testing.  It is interesting to compare the companies that do and do not use testing and see that many of the companies make very similar products but some manage to do it without animal testing.  Both Revlon and Wet N Wild are makers of cosmetics but only Wild N Wild is a company that PETA supports for using animal free testing. So if one company is using alternative methods compared to animals testing then it is certainly possible that another company can adapt and find a way to make that strategy work for them.

Overall, something in the world of animal testing needs to change and it needs to change quickly.  It has become the easy “go to” for testing new products even though it is continually proven to be unreliable and involves countless horrific and painful deaths for animals.  We know animal experimentation is dangerous for both humans and animals alike so the sooner alternative methods of animal testing can be validated and replace animal testing, the better.

 

References:

http://www.animalethics.org.au/animal-ethics-committees

http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/

http://www.hsi.org/campaigns/end_animal_testing/qa/about.html#continue

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