Editorial: Laboratories Shouldn’t Be Able to Test on Animals

Lauren Cribbs, Reporter

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An estimated 10,000 animals are killed for every new chemical pesticide being tested, and the animals used in these experiments are feared to face extinction in the future. 

Animal testing is killing many innocent animals, and it needs to be stopped. 

Living animals are being used for research to test products like fragrances, painkillers, cleaning supplies, beauty products, and many more. 

According to The Humane Society, “Every new chemical has at one time been force-fed to animals.” The animals are being forcibly tested on, and it is done so without any kind of painkiller to treat whatever side effects may hurt the animal. Many of these experiments are repeated two to three times on different species even after they have passed or failed inspection. 

Most experiments on animals do not contribute to any medical advances and instead are done just out of curiosity. The experiences are not beneficial to human health, and most of the time do not even cure the illnesses for which they are intended for. 

These animals are put through unspeakable conditions where they are not giving water or food. They are also exposed to many conditions where they can develop several diseases.  

Nowadays, there are modern non-animal testing alternatives that work just as well or even better to test products. The Humane Society is pushing to make a difference in developing countries. They are training companies and governments to transistion into non-animal testing solutions. 

According to American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS), a company campaigning for the protection of animals in labs, “Approximately 90 percent of all animals in U.S. laboratories have no legal protection.” This excludes birds, rats, mice, and cold-blooded animals such as reptiles and fish. 

The Animal Welfare Act, a federal law that established what you can and cannot do with animals, only protects live dogs, cats, monkeys, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rabbits from the dangers of labs. The act only regulates how the facility is obtained and maintained. It does not regulate how animals are used or treated.

The Humane Society helps to reduce the deaths of innocent animals put against their will. Donate to help fight animal cruelty and end this unethical practice.