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The Debate On Animal Testing

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These lab animals live in filthy conditions, without human contact, twenty four-seven. (Picture credit to Pixabay.)

These lab animals live in filthy conditions, without human contact, twenty four-seven. (Picture credit to Pixabay.)

These lab animals live in filthy conditions, without human contact, twenty four-seven. (Picture credit to Pixabay.)

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Whether or not animal testing should be outlawed has been an ongoing debate for many decades. Many companies have proclaimed themselves vegan, meaning they do not test their products on animals. Other companies, however, continue using animals as test subjects.

“Animals are creatures just like we are. If it’s illegal to test products on other humans, then it should be illegal to test them on animals. If the products are seriously dangerous, the animals could die,” says junior Valerie Frei.

Many gruesome pictures have emerged from testing centers and have been circulating on the internet for years. Animals have suffered from burns, scars, skin irritations, and many other injuries. According to PETA, over 150 million animals die per year due to lab-related conditions.

“I have seen the pictures circulating around the web, and they horrify me. I personally own a dog, and seeing those pictures of those dogs in the lab, so sad and alone, makes me want to run and hug my dog. It pains me to see how those animals have to go through those horrendous conditions, just for the benefit of us humans,” says junior Cassidy Dickson.

While there are most definitely an abundance of supporters for banning animal testing, others share different opinions.

“I think animals shouldn’t be abused, but God created animals for us to eat and use for our benefit. He created them below our status for a reason. I think it would be ridiculous to give them the same rights as we have,” says senior Erin Boukather.

Many people see animals as inferior to humans. Therefore, they don’t really see an issue with animal testing.

“I think we have plenty of animals to spare. They are bred to be tested on, so it’s not like we’re losing any valuable animals. How else are we going to know if a substance is safe [for] a human? Would you rather test something that could kill a human on an animal or an actual human?” says junior Jackson Shirley.

While all the arguments that have been made are well-reasoned, there are always solutions that can be found. For instance, companies becoming vegan-based is the first step to eliminating animal testing.

“I think that if people began buying cruelty free products, companies would begin to change their animal-testing policies to regain their clients,” says sophomore Anna Gates.

While vegan companies are on the rise, sometimes they face international conflicts. For example, China requires, by law, that companies use animal testing. In response, some companies are cruelty free, and they pledge not to ship their products to China. Whether or not people buy these products is up to them, but they are becoming increasingly popular.

“I only shop for cruelty free and vegan products. I have been like [this] for over two years, and I do not plan on changing anytime soon. It can [be] difficult to get some things that I may want, but it is worth it in the end. The little bit that I am doing to help can affect many animals in the long-run. Therefore, whether or not you shop vegan is up to you, but I am happy with the choice I have made,” says Dickson.

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