English 1 Honors
January 18, 2018
Animal testing for medical and cosmetic research has many benefits to it. When animals are tested on they are used for the good of making sure that medicines and cosmetics are not harmful to the human consumers. These animals that are being tested on are also benefiting many animals that need cures for diseases. Most of the earth’s total population would be half including both animals and humans because the lab animals would not have been used and diseases would not have been cured.
If animals were not tested on these diseases would not have vaccines and treatments to stop them. If animals were not tested on for medical reasoning millions of animals would have died from diseases like: rabies, distemper, feline leukemia, infectious hepatitis, tetanus, anthrax, and canine parvovirus. If animals were not tested on, these diseases would not have vaccines and treatments to stop them. In 1988 there were 350,000 global cases of polio, in 2016 that number was reduced to 27 cases because animal testing contributed developing a vaccine for polio. Mice share 98% of our DNA, as stated by procon.org-“Mice live for two to three years, so researchers can study the effects of treatments or genetic manipulation over a whole lifespan, or across several generations, which would be infeasible using human subjects.” which could be a benefit when testing to see the effect over generations. Animals are a very important part in studying and finding cures for diseases that are deadly to both humans and animals.
Many cosmetic products must be tested on animals to ensure the safety of the millions of people who use these products. The US Food and Drug Administration endorses the testing of animals for cosmetics to ensure the safety of the individual whom will use the product. If animals were not tested on these cosmetics could have a very serious side effect in them and could possibly end badly. When it comes to animals being tested on not many animals are used in the research, as stated by procon.org “People in the United States eat 9 billion chickens...