In the article regarding animal testing, I learned that animals don’t necessarily need to be tested as there are other ways to get human necessities-without doing so through means of testing. Not only is it dangerous to innocent animals, but also very expensive due to the tools utilized and substances examined. As a matter of fact, the testing costs as much or even more than private school tuition!  Many countries are banning the use of animals because they are being killed at the end of the experiment, potentially harming the species being tested due to deprivation from sleep, food, water, interaction with other animals and species, but overall from living a sustained life. On the other hand, the taxpayers and government are supporting the animal cruelty occurring in labs due to the research budget allocated: “Much of this cruelty is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which allocates 40% of its annual research budget to animal experiments. Based on the NIH’s 2010 budget, this accounts for more than $16 billion” (Terrance, 2011).

By being captivated in labs, they are being imprisoned against their will. This process is also physically painful and torturous to endure, and if they live, the substances can later negatively affect their health: “Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside barren cages in laboratories across the country. They languish in pain, suffer from extreme frustration, ache with loneliness, and long to be free.

Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them. The complete lack of environmental enrichment and the stress of their living situation cause some animals to develop neurotic types of behavior such as incessantly spinning in circles, rocking back and forth, pulling out their own fur, and even biting themselves. After enduring a life of pain, loneliness, and terror, almost all of them will be killed” (PETA, Animal Testing 101). 

Other factors include drugs and chemicals injected into them and being euthanized, making the pain less, but potentially becoming more perilous later on. I feel that they should be out and about in the wilderness, not getting tested and killed in labs, just because somebody wants cute animal printed clothing and cosmetics to show off. 

As a people, we can make this change by purchasing cruelty-free items when shopping and using our donation money towards non-experimental agencies. Another way is joining an interest group that deals and addresses this change such as PETA, an organization assisting to create a safe environment for all endangered animals. In summary, we can make a mark on the prevention of animal testing because I believe that animals have equal rights just as humanity does. 

Photo by Ben_Kerckx (Pixabay)

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