Ending Animal Testing

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"Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction...” stated Professor Charles R Magel. Over the years, animal testing has brought up a great deal of controversy. There have been many different arguments on what pain and suffering certain tests cause to animals. Although animal testing has contributed to many life-saving cures and treatments, over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in labs every year.  This cruel and inhumane practice is unnecessary and needs to be put to a stop for good. Every animal on this Earth is a living being with feelings just like us, so why is it “acceptable” to experiment on them while we refrain from experimenting on humans? Discriminating on animals simply because they do not have the cognitive ability to stand up for themselves or speak is no more justifiable than discriminating on people with disabilities. A philosopher Jeremy Bentham in the 1700s wrote "The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"