Animal Testing Should Be Banned Essay

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Should Animal Testing Be Banned?

March 8, 2012

Animal experimentation has been a commonly debated subject for many years, is it cruelty or science? About 1.4 million animals die each year from animal testing. This is because of harsh ways animals are treated like by their experimenters. Animals should be free of the cruelty scientists expose them to because they have just as much sentient as humans do.

I think animal testing is cruelty more than science. Animals are not treated well and are often abused by their handlers. Small animals share a shoe box sized cage with at least eight other small animals. That’s no way to live. Imagine stuffing eight human beings into a regular sized bedroom. Where are you all going to sleep or get dressed? Not easy right? Animals will be held down by metal bands or locked in small cages with a hole cut out for the animals head to be trapped into, so they can not move around and be a hassle while being tested on. An ats lab in North Carolina stuffs monkeys in tubes.

Another harsh thing handlers do is take out dog’s vocal chords so they don’t disturb the lab workers. As for death to an animal; the experimenters will euthanize the animal after being tested on or will use the animal again for further testing until they are dead or useless. If you don’t believe the cruel ways animals are treated, go on youtube and search for: PLRS: undercover at a product- testing lab.


Animals are not just objects. They have feelings and can think, just like us humans do. Rene Descartes, a French philosopher and scientist, said people have the right to use animals just as if they were machines. The more similar the animal is to a human the more intelligent and sentient the animal is, so the more immoral and wrong it is to use the animal as a biological object. Descartes also believed only humans have feelings and could think. If this were true animals wouldn’t flinch and whimper when needles are injected in them or when testers put drops of cologne in the animals’ eye.


Scientists use animals for testing products to make humans lives better right? That’s what I thought too. Well, many experiments that were approved to be available to human beings have later been recalled for safety issues or harmful side affects. Is animal testing very reliable? If products have to be withdrawn from stores and human use, then that in it self should say something. Can we trust that animals will have the same reactions to a product as a human would? Not at all, if we get shampoo in our eyes we immediately know to rinse it out and we’re fine. Animals don’t know that and are not used to such products. Therefore animals will have different reactions to things we can easily fix. A mouse and a human being are not the same and will react differently to different things. We don’t expect a human to live in a cage its whole life. We don’t expect a mouse to brush its teeth and know not to swallow the toothpaste. Many everyday products like toothpaste and soap do not have to be tested for. Companies that make those products and cosmetics however do use animals for testing and it’s completely unnecessary.


There are other ways to test without animals. One process is called the Neutral Red Uptake Assay in which jelly like substances called cultures are put into a glass case then human cells are placed in the culture. Chemicals that are being tested are added to the dish. The human cells will either live or die. The cells react by changing a different color. Researches analyze the color with a computer. The computer can calculate how likely a chemical is to kill human cells. There are also artificial organs, eyes, and skin that react just like the real thing would. Plants and bacteria can be used as well. Doctors can also analyze humans without hurting them by examining what they do on a daily bases. In 1951 Britain doctors showed a link between smoking and lung cancer by examining people who smoke compared to people who don’t. No animals or humans are harmed or killed during any of these tests.


Many people argue that testing on animals is the most efficient way to know that our products are safe. They argue that animals produce much faster then humans do so why not take a few of the animals? Those animals are less important and valuable then human beings anyways right? Wrong. Author Peter Singer says “Humans are animals too, and we must respect other species.” And I agree fully. Other arguments are that using animals is the cheapest way; the other experiments are not as accurate as animals and that using animals have been beneficial to human life. Now I’m not going to say that it hasn’t been helpful but there could have been other alternatives.

After what I have read, yes I am very against animal testing. Yes, animal testing is cruelty and in a lot of cases not necessary. I do use stuff that probably has been tested on animals but did it really have to be? Like perfume, in a test, called the Draize Eye test, scientists spray perfume into a rabbit’s eye. Rabbit’s eyes do not easily wash away irritating substances unlike humans eyes do. Animals are not use to the everyday stuff human’s use, so of course animals will react much differently than humans will. Animals are not meant to use perfume, soap or any other everyday object human’s use, so why test on them? This to me and many others is very cruel and wrong. Save America’s animals before it’s too late.





  • Animals also have rights.

    As a human we have liberty, which is freedom, choice etc. And also animals has the right to live, and the right to choose. But is it right to take the freedom or the life of animals just because we want to research? NO. It's not right to kill and make them suffer for us. Animals have emotions. They have thoughts, ideas, feelings. They also suffer. If we just kill and make them suffer, we are taking the freedom and the life of other animals. To protect the animal's liberty and life we should ban animal testing.

  • What's the point?

    We are killing these poor animals, what did they do to us? I mean really? This is to the girls out there, is it really worth blinding a monkey to have a new mascara? During the research process animals are killed and harmed, isn't killing an animal the same thing as murder? If you are thinking what if there was a "deadly" disease out there and that a doctor thought they found a cure to it but they need to test it before putting it on the market and they should test it on an animal. Well I don't get your point? An animal has the same feelings, rights, etc as a human should have. And besides if the animal was in a unusual environment they might feel scared and stressed out so if you were to test the animal the results will not be accurate. And some people believe that us humans and animals have different ways of reacting to things, animals might be resistant to a product that may kill us. You don't know. So is taking and suffering an animals life necessary and ethical. This is not an essay forcing you to believe anything I say, actually I encourage you not to listen to me. You should go research this topic and you decide whether or not animal testing should be banned or not.

  • Read it please

    Ban it now! Don't you care about these animals suffering?!?! What if I sprayed bleach in your eyes? Would you think its nothing! Consider this please! Enough animals are dying and suffering in the wild, why do you want to top it up? They may not be able to tell you this, but they have feelings to you know!? What if you lost your voice and some scientists took you and smeared you in poisen and you couldn't say anything what would you do? You would suffer in silence!! THINK ABOUT OUR BELOVED CREATURES BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.
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    It is very cruel Why should animals stay in cages for the rest of their lives and only be let out when tested and sometimes they even get put down after been testing or but back into their cages. It is not fair at all. Imagine you sitting in a cage for the rest of your life. They have feelings too.
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    Animals have feelings to Animal experimentation has been a commonly debated subject for many years, is it cruelty or science? About 1.4 million animals die each year from animal testing. This is because of harsh ways animals are treated like by their experimenters. Animals should be free of the cruelty scientists expose them to because they have just as much sentient as humans do.
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    Ban it!!!! And if you disagree...... It is absolutely imperative that we ban animal testing due to the fact that...
    -waste of money
    -90 percent of medicines tested on animals fail on humans
    -they feel pain just like us
    -they haven't done anything to us
    got it? You should !
    And if you still don't get it , just get it !
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    An end to animal testing. We're now living in the 21st century, and subjecting animals to long and painful experiments is no longer needed to advance as a society. Banning animal testing will in no way hurt any advancements in the future. 9 out of 10 times, the testing is found inaccurate in the end anyways. We now have alternatives such as bio-engineering and computer modeling that can provide us better, more accurate results than animal testing. It's also a much faster and cheaper method.
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    Animal testing illegalized Animal testing should be illegal! Hurting animals is the same way as hurting people. Someone can easily hurt anyone just like a animal. I don't think a human would like to be getting hurt and would like to suffer, animals have feelings and would like someone to love them not hurt them.
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  • Ban it!!!! And if you disagree......

    It is absolutely imperative that we ban animal testing due to the fact that...
    -waste of money
    -90 percent of medicines tested on animals fail on humans
    -they feel pain just like us
    -they haven't done anything to us
    got it? You should !
    And if you still don't get it , just get it !

  • Animals don't deserve this

    Animals are just like us: they breath, eat, sleep, give birth to young and feed there Young's (mammals) should they not be treated like us? Of course! It also makes me wrathful to see those adorable creatures suffer. Animals have feelings and have to be respected, not only that but some of us are carnivore, this means animals that feed on flesh.
    Do we eat dog food? No, so if medicine were to be tested, it may have different effects. For example if an animal had been tested, it might feel perfectly normal but if it was you, it will have a different outcome. And if you are in need of those medicine. LET IT BE TESTED ON YOU! So live those innocent animal in peace.

  • It is awful!!!

    NO IT IS NOT OKAY IT IS EBEN IF THEU GIVE PAIN PILLS IT DOES NOT MAYCH TO THE PAIN THEY GO THROUGH. In England 400 million animals are killed AND THE ONES THAT SURVIVE THE TESTING ARE KILLED IMMEDIETLY and that is medical testing. And when people say it is vital to research for humans that is not true. Less than 2% of the time the testing actually works because THE ANIMALS TESTED ON ARE A DIFFERENT SPECIES SO THEY HAVE DIFFERENT REACTIONS THAN HUMANS TO THE TESTING. Don't get me started with cosmetic testing. The next time you put makeup on think about all the animals killed and TORTURED just for you to cover up a pimple or put on mascara. Do you use L'oral as your shampoo and conditioner company? Then the next time you wash your hair think about the animals BEING TORTURED FOR YOU. THEY DID NOTHING WRONG. MEDICAL AND COSMETIC TRSTING ARE BOTH BAD. We have humans, the people this is all being done for, who are on death row that should be tested on because they are criminals. Do you have a pet? Think about you pet, family member being forced to swim when they don't know how, genetically modified, cut open while alive, strapped to tables, AND FLAT OUT TORTURED! If you still don't care than you are like a criminal who should be tested on. IS THIS WHAT ARE WORLD HAS COME TO? SELFISH AWFUL PEOPLE WHO CARE MORE ABOUT PUTTING ON MAKEUP THAN A PRECIOUS CREATURES LIFE? I hate everyone who tests on animals they should be tortured and tested on. IF YOU ARE STILL OKAY WITH ANIMALS TESTING THEN YOU ARE AN IDIOT WHO HAS NO HEART OR SOUL!!

  • Yes animal testing should be banned!

    Isn't it just too cruel to watch an animal, another life force, organism, die right in front of your eyes? Everyone has a right to live, and yes, they are just as much the same as humans. Imaging if another superior life force were using humans to test our planet just like we do for science. Horrible, isn't it. So therefore, animal testing should definitely be banned!

  • Yes animal testing must be banned !

    Animals are born to be free and enjoy discovering the world and helping people , why do us humans harm animal ..Its not fair its so evil STOP IT JUST STOP ! Animals are so innocent and kind to us the only thing we should do as humans is take good care of them and play with them .

  • End Animal Testing

    IT is a very very bad thing that is very cruel to animals. If we were the animals would we like it. NO we need to stop doing this to animals . The will be less likely to love us. We could be hurting them that is not fair at all.

  • Animal Testing Should Be banned!

    It can kill animals and animals have as much right to live as us! There is no reason to endanger animals! Animal testing does need to be banned! For ever! Animals should have as much right as humans and not be tested on. STOP ANIMAL TESTING! Animals are pets not testers!

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