It is no secret that animal testing is a controversial subject. There are both pros and cons. Experiments involving animal testing, has led to countless discoveries in medicine. However, this blog will focus on the modern technologies we will most likely see in the near future, as well as shed some light on the perspective from the other side of the scalpel…
In April of 2015, an article posted on the CNN Fox news website questions this controversy in “Animal Testing – the Pros and Cons”. Here they mention two advantages, and five disadvantages to testing on animals, then ask the readers to make a judgement call. Still, a summarized article does not suffice the level of complexity in this issue.
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The advantages stated in paragraph two read, “When used for drug testing, and to a lesser extend for cosmetic testing, and to a lesser extent for cosmetics testing, should make it safer for humans to use these products without unacceptable risks of significant side effects occurring.”
There is no doubt that in the past, testing pharmaceutics on animals has confirmed thousands of drugs, leading to thousands of new milestones in medicine. But now the unfortunate truth is that these experiments are more often than not done for cosmetic companies, not towards therapeutics or cures. When the public envisions an animal’s suffering contributing to human lives, it seems justifiable. Alas, this is most likely not the case. In fact, according to CBS news, the number of animals used is increased drastically within the last 15 years (2).
It is important to be aware of recent technological advancements. For example, products can be directly tested on in-vitro human cells and tissues now which is more accurate and time consuming (See chapter 2: Cosmetic Testing). It is also important to be skeptic about all journalism; for sometimes we’re not seeing the whole picture.
CNN Fox News also points out five disadvantages of testing on animals. All five pertain to cosmetics being a luxury rather than life threatening therefore it is even more inhumane, as well as mentioning that there must be other forms of applied science to substitute animal subjects.
This did not exactly address the new technologies available today and the many benefits they also have to offer. Thankfully, recent proclamation of animals rights has led to a demand in non-animal testing methods. As mentioned in previous blog entries, there are many including: in-vitro, stem cell research, computer methods and more. The notable benefits of these techniques being: time consuming, cost effective, faster, cleaner, the ability to test multiple products at once, and not to mention, cruelty free.
Despite the fact that this article was a mere summary of the contentious situation, it still lacked adequate information in order for the reader to make a valid stance on the matter.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”
–Martin Luther King Jr.