“The term ‘animal testing‘ refers to procedures performed on living animals for purposes of research into basic biology and diseases, assessing the effectiveness of new medicinal products, and testing the human health and/or environmental safety of consumer and industry products such as cosmetics, household cleaners, food additives, pharmaceuticals and industrial/agro-chemicals.” All testing can potentially harm animals and cause them physical and psychological harm. Most animals end up dead by the end of the procedure. It is hard to get a precise number of the number of animals used for testing every year because most countries don’t collect and publish animal testing data. In addition to harming the animals, it is hard to tell the exact effects products would have on humans because animals are so different from humans.
Over 100 million animals are harmed or killed in US labs every year. Over 90% of products that tested safe on animals fail human trials. A large majority of animals that are tested on aren’t counted for in national statistics. “According to the Humane Society, registration of a single pesticide requires more than 50 experiments and the use of as many as 12,000 animals.” Laws don’t require companies to use alternative testing methods even if they’re available. Overall, there are many problems with animal testing as far as ethics and morals go.
Overall, animal testing is unethical. Animal testing uses innocent animals to test our everyday products. The animals end up harmed, injured, or dead by the end of most experiments. In addition to that, animals’ biology is not the same as humans so it is not as accurate or helpful as many companies think it is.