Animals in captivity are not only used to advance medical research, but also to prevent species extinction and for educational purposes. The debate about holding animals’ captive has been a long and heated one that has no endpoint anywhere in sight. The main argument of the opposition to using animals in biomedical research, zoos and aquariums is that animals are treated in inhumanely. Colorful Goats While it may be true that in certain instances animals do have to undergo harsh testing such as when testing the toxicity or side effects of certain drugs or perceived harmful chemicals, this testing is necessary to prevent use of these harsh chemicals on humans in the future. It appears that many people are under the impression that this type of testing makes up the majority of testing done on animals. The morality in testing animals solely for the purpose of seeing what can kill or harm versus what has positive effects is not overlooked by scientists and there are many regulations and guidelines in place to prevent the use and abuse of animal test subjects such as the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy and Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals provided by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.
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Without testing on animals there would be no other way to deem certain drugs as safe for use on humans. It is unethical to use humans. We all need to be aware of the topic animal testing. Animal testing is a worldwide discussion and is always a topic for debate. There are countries that already have banned animal testing, they are European Union, Norway, Israel, and India. Colorful Goats The United States, Australia, and New Zealand are considering banning animal testing. The animals being tested on for cosmetics is mice, rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs. These animals don’t deserve this kind of treatment. Although there are pros and cons to this issue. Some people say that animals are very similar to us humans. These animals have very similar body types with us with the diseases they get and illnesses. Other people say animals are different than humans and that we aren’t a hundred percent match and it’s unreliable. Overall, people have already taken the action to stop this and there are still people who are still for it and we need to teach them about the pros and the cons of the issue. When talking about the ban on animal testing, four countries have already done so. The European Union was the first ever official animal testing ban in the world in 2013. Visala says “The EU also previously banned testing of finished animal products way back in 2004, and animal-tested ingredients were banned in 2008” (Kantammeni).
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The European Union tried to push other countries to use alternatives. They banned any imports of any kinds of cosmetic animal testing. Norway is also another country that has banned animal testing. When we buy a hygiene product we tend to look for an inexpensive, yet worthy item that will provide us with what we want, promising results. Colorful Goats However, when you read the back of the bottle how promising is the source? Do you truly understand what the ingredients are, the process it takes to make the product and who is involved with creating it? Well, if you know the sources and ingredients of most hygiene products on today’s market, you may be aware that animal testing is the method used to create the product. Animal testing started back in the year of 1966, which was passed by the federal Animal Welfare Act, the method involves testing cosmetics on animals to determine the safety and possibility of allergic reactions caused by products that humans use. Jeremy Bentham once said “ The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer? “ A year ago, I found an eye awakening label on my hygiene products and wondered what that was, I found that it has to do with animal testing which I’m against.