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3 December 2014
Animal testing sometimes results in the death of animals. Consequently, animal deaths through research are absolutely unnecessary and morally no different from murder. Animal experimentation is considered acceptable because it\'s for scientific purposes and benefiting the human society. Animal testing is a cover up for basically killing for the greater good. The history of animal testing consists of simply dissecting a frog or pig during a science class of testing surgical procedures before applying them to human patients. Unfortunately for many of the animals subjected to testing, the Animal Welfare Act doesn\'t not protect them. This includes animals like mice, birds, fish and reptiles; which for various reasons do not even fall under the animal category according to the federal law.
To satisfy the requirements of the testing process, animals may be force-fed, deprived of food and water and physically restrained against their will. While its inaccurate to say that all animal testing is inhumane, experiments that inflict pain upon animals or at the very least put those through an unpleasant experience can occur without violating any law. Even worse, animals that do fall under the AWA are not necessarily protected from torture either. While not all animal studies involve the test subject to suffer or in pain, footage can be found that indicates the Animal Welfare Act by itself is not enough of a restraint for the researchers who are less concerned about moral standards. Some examples of how they perform these tests are forced chemical exposure, exposure to drugs, infectious diseases, genetic manipulation, tail clipping, food and water deprivation, surgical procedures, killing by carbon dioxide, neck breaking, decapitation and many more brutal methods.
Jeremy Bentham said, "The question is not, can they reason, nor, can they talk. But can they suffer?" Animals are constantly being tortured while scientists claim that painkillers are being used. Most tests cause irritation and pain. When make up is tested to see if it irritates the eye, they would test it on the animals to find it out first and of course it hurts. Anesthetics are not a thought in these laboratories to ease the pain afterwards because the scientists are scared it will mess up the test results. However, they are not given the pain killers also because for example aspirin kills cats so giving the anesthetics can make the situation worse than it already is. A secretly filmed video of the company P&G revealed exactly why animal testing should be eliminated from existence. To test nasal congestion in humans they experimented on 50 monkeys, 28 cats and 24 puppies. After all that testing their results were still unsuccessful and P&G claimed they had no idea what the media was talking about. This is the same situation with hundreds of other companies and animal testing like this is wrong and "scientifically incorrect".
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