Animal Testing, a word that we have all heard. Many brands are for it, and many are a against it. There are stamps on items that say, “Cruelty Free,” to show to customers that they didn’t test this product on an animal. Animal Testing has been a topic that is commonly debated over the course of many years. In the past century, a ton of groups have been formed to protest and to prove to the world that animal testing is inhumane, it’s a form of animal abuse, and that it needs to stop. Some of the groups that were created are PETA, The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), and The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics. The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics has the Leaping Bunny Program, which is were the “We didn’t test this product on animals” logo comes from.
Animal Testing is a unethical and is harmful for the animal. Companies usually use animals to test medication and cosmetics. They usually use mice, syrian hamsters, and rats are used to test medication and diseases to see how the body functions and how it fights the disease that it has. Companies used these animals because they all have a lifespan of at least 2 years, are cheap, and are small so they can test multiple rats at a time. They will force the animal to contract diseases like sepsis, burns, inflammation, stroke, ALS, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and a ton of other diseases. Then, they will test their medication or vaccine on the animal to see if the drug will cure the disease.
There are so many alternatives to test medication and makeup. There are so many people that are willing to give there body to science to test diseases on them. An article was published on The Telegraph on Matthew Speight, a student who is studying Zoology at Oxford, was paid almost $6,700 to contract Typhoid twice. These companies who test products on animals are extremely greedy. The main reason why they test animals instead of people is that they don’t want to pay the person a salary of at least $9,000 a month. Mice, rats, and hamsters are cheap and affordable, but they don’t live a life. They are trapped in this cage, suffering diseases, and die a painful death with the company knowing that they didn’t live a day outside of that cage. I believe that animal testing should not be completely banned because there have been some instances where the testing has made a contribution to society, but it should be reduced to the very minimum.