A Look to DIE For

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Remember that pet rabbit that you bought your little ones for their birthday? Now imagine that same rabbit being bought by a cosmetic or pharmaceutical company in order to test their product. Cosmetics, dishwashing liquid, drain cleaner, and other substances are dripped into the animal's eyes, leaving them to suffer from swelling, irritation, and other symptoms such as discharge. They are required to go through harsh treatments in order for scientists to find the perfect solution that will benefit humans, and as a result most of these animals die or are severely injured. Due to animals and humans sharing similar diseases and qualities, scientists use animals as a model trial, so that human lives are not put into danger.  What this results in is an expensive procedure, and findings that are not successful towards curing diseases.‘“We have moved away from studying human disease in humans. … We all drank the Kool-Aid on that one, me included. … The problem is that [animal testing] hasn’t worked, and it’s time we stopped dancing around the problem. … We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in humans to understand disease biology in humans.” ’ (Dr. Elias Zerhouni).

One of the main problems that occurs with animal testing is that, it is not always successful in the human trials. Animals are tested for medicinal and cosmetic purposes, due to the similar characteristics and diseases that we share. In a study performed by Theodora Capaldo, the New England Anti- Vivisection Society, she proved why the use of animals in testing was not necessary. “ A 2004 study from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that 92 percent of drugs entering clinical trials following animal testing fail to be approved” (Capaldo, NEAVS). Furthermore, the use of animals has essentially slowed the human race down from finding a more suitable cure for diseases. This is an ongoing problem that continues to rise, if there is not another method taken into consideration to test for a cure.

Currently the Department of Agriculture is foreseeing that companies using animals to test, adhere to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which is taking effect all over the United States. With this law in place, specific animals are not to be tested on. However, the law “excludes roughly 95% of the animals tested upon (such as rats, mice, birds, fish, and reptiles) and provides only minimal protection for the rest”( Animal Legal Defense Fund,2017) Not only is majority of the animals not being protected, but labs are not required to report the non-AWA protected animals. There is still a tremendous chunk of animals that are being tested on, and being bound to suffer at the hands of scientist who inject chemicals into their bodies. With this in mind, proposing a modification to this specific act could potentially save the lives of these innocent creatures. As well as encouraging companies to use other resources to expand their research, instead of the use of animals.

Other alternative opportunities include the following:

  • “Harvard’s Wyss Institute has created “organs-on-chips” that contain human cells grown in a state-of-the-art system to mimic the structure and function of human organs and organ systems” (PETA).
  • “ Studies show that these models can accurately predict the ways that new drugs will react in the human body and replace the use of animals in exploratory research and many standard drug tests” (PETA).

With much more solutions to the use of animal testing, protecting the lives’ of these creatures is within reach. 



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