Animal Testing: Good or Bad?

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Animal Testing, Good or Bad?

By Princess Mona Loise D. Garcia

Animal testing is the cause of having advanced technology regarding medicines and cosmetics today. It is by having the animals experimented that us people would have greater information about some treatments and cures. Though it helps humanity in so many ways, it’s simply unethical to put an animal in a laboratory cage for its whole life. Because of this issue, animal experimentation has been one of the most controversial debated topics.

I would like to start on saying that without animal testing, our medical technology won’t be this advanced. It gave us a big medical improvement that doctors today are able to do miracles on their patients. Because of these experimentations, there’s a cure or treatment for diabetes, cancer. A lot of cosmetics too were made possible by animal testing. And 3 out of 5 females use cosmetics on a daily basis according to Roger Inc.’s statistics.

It may have a lot of benefits, but how about those animals that are being used for experiments? Many of these tests give pain to those animals and reduce their quality of life. According to PETA, animal testing is really inhumane. The experimentation on animals is gruesome and painful for them and causes them a lot of stress and loneliness. What’s worse is even though modern and effective alternatives are readily available; millions of animals are still killed and mutilated for this kind of tests.

Animal testers have a policy to follow – Animal Welfare Act. The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) requires that minimum standards of care and treatment be provided for certain animals bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially, or exhibited to the public. (“Animal Welfare,” n.d.). But then, this is not really followed by everyone and there are a lot of exceptions in this policy. Furthermore, there are already alternatives for animal experimentation that are more efficient, fast, and of course humane....