Animal Testing – Perfect Animals, Perfect to Torture

By Jeong Heon Im

Screen Shot 2019-05-13 at 11.36.46 AMYou live in a cage where freedom doesn’t exist. You are forced to chow down chemicals instead of proper meals. Your cage is so cramped that you are always sleep deprived. Laws? No laws are there to protect you. Instead, they want you mutilated, burnt, electrocuted and blinded. You are treated worse than prisoners except that you have done nothing wrong.

This is the life of over 100 million animals in laboratories – just in the U.S. alone.

In the name of advancing human health, animals are treated violently in every way possible. Despite the costs of many animal lives, the results are mostly misleading and incorrect.  According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the organization admits that the failure rate of the method is 96% and is expected to rise. It is also almost impossible to increase the success rate because animals and humans have different genetic compositions. This explains why a drug that passed the animal testing in 1950 unfortunately caused over 10,000 birth defects.

We need to acknowledge its economic downside as well. NIH states that over $22 billion is invested in animal testing annually. The budget is unnecessarily high due to the extremely high price of purchasing lab animals. NIH further explains it costs $352 each for a New Zealand White Rabbit, $1,049 for a Beagle, and a whopping $8,000 for a primate. Yes, it means that there is roughly a 96% chance that the money used to afford them end up going down the drain. Adding on, researchers end up inhumanely killing animals with a high probability of obtaining little to no useful information.

Animal testing is also notorious for its time-consuming procedures that range from months to years. For example, Human Society International states that it takes more than four years to perform a single research about cancer. Additionally, live human subjects are required to test drugs after animal testing. This process takes about 14 years for FDA approval.

Last but not least, there is the inhumane aspect of animal testing. It has remained as an orthodoxic method for scientific research over centuries. However, as the number of animals tested has skyrocketed over the past few decades, the testings began to receive strong criticism. Although the method has remained a tradition for a long time, the outcomes produced definitely don’t provide moral justifications for such a high massacre. We are simply slaughtering too many living things around us so that humans can live a little better. How are we to justify our worth in this world over other beings that we were meant to co-exist with?

Today’s science advancements now allow for more alternatives. For instance, in-vitro testing, also known as “Human Organs on a Chip”, is a 3D chip that accurately mimics human organs and cells. This means that researchers can test substances on human organs without the need for a real human. For example, brain-on-a-chip is a chip that mimics our brain and is used for studying cellular interaction and Alzheimer’s. Additionally, multiple chips can be integrated to form human-on-a-chip, which mimics human physiology. This revolutionary technique can accurately test new medicines/drugs without the need of sacrificing a living being. There are other numerous alternative ways for medical testing that is proven to be better in every facet, including time and cost-effectiveness; while it costs $700,000 to study cancer in rats, it costs only $22,000 in the in-vitro counterpart. Additionally, the practice of animal testing also has countless flaws apart from its ethics.

Screen Shot 2019-05-13 at 11.36.37 AMAnimal testing is a form of cruelty. Many beautiful animals that are born to enjoy thriving lives are abducted and treated worse than we could ever imagine. Researchers are justifying their murders by blattering the word science. Think of your pet animals or cute baby animals you see in youtube and imagine them being tortured in front of you.

I believe that many people are not aware of this issue because it is hard to believe the massive cruelty behind it. However, we can help give a second chance to these animals. Boycott industries that exploit animals, educate others and speak up. These are our animals. We share a single world. It is our duty to protect them, to protect our moral and dignity.

 

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