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Humans have been testing on animals for as long as we know. Scientists believe that this is a safe way for humans to get medical information without having to do any testing on humans, but this is not true. Most of the time, even though something was successful on an animal, it was not successful for humans. Every species reacts differently. It is also unethical to test on animals, as they should have the same basic rights as humans. This is also a waste of taxpayer money. A lot of institutes that are given money for animal testing have never even been successful in one experiment. 

Many times, even though something was successful on an animal, that does not mean the same solution will work for humans. Scientists can waste time and money while testing on animals. Many times they will have to start an experiment over completely because it was not successful. 

According to Akhtar, ”The lack of sufficient congruence between animal models and human diseases is another significant obstacle to translational reliability. Human diseases are typically artificially induced in animals, but the enormous difficulty of reproducing anything approaching the complexity of human diseases in animal models limits their usefulness.” 

There is too big of a gap when testing on animals. Scientists are wasting too much money and time testing on animals because it does not always get them the information they need. They need to find a different solution than testing on animals. 

Animals deserve the same respect that humans get when it comes to testing. It is unethical to test on animals. When scientists use animals to experiment on, they are no longer being looked at as something with life, but rather an object. 

According to Dunnuck, "Animals and people are alike in many ways; they both feel, think, behave and experience pain. Thus, animals should be treated with the same respect as humans. Yet animals' rights are violated when they are used in research because they are not given a choice. Animals are subjected to tests that are often painful or cause permanent damage or death and they are never given the option of not participating in the experiment.” 

People have to consider how they would feel if they were being tested on without consent. Animals and humans have many similarities. Therefore, they should be treated with the same respect. Animals suffer and die every day because of unethical research and experiments. People pay millions in tax dollars for animal testing every year. We continue to pay tax dollars every year on something that normally is deemed unsafe for humans to use even though it was successful on animals. Different species react differently to medications. 

According to Peta, ”At the National Institute of Mental Health (aka “the National Institute of Monkey Hell”), Elisabeth Murray saws open the skulls of live monkeys and then injects toxins to burn their brain cells. PETA obtained never-before-seen video of these victims being deliberately frightened with fake snakes and spiders.” 

This organization has received over 47 million dollars of taxpayer money since 1998. They are continuing to receive money even though not one successful treatment has come from this institute. Instead, the monkeys are just being tortured and terrorized.

Scientists should not be receiving the money to torture animals over and over. It seems to be pointless when they are not getting anything successful out of it. There is no reason that we are continuing to contribute to this institution. 

Overall, humans need to quit doing research and experiments just to benefit humans. Most of the time the information they receive from experiments on animals just leads scientists in the wrong direction. This causes scientists to have to spend more taxpayer money to start the research over. Every species reacts differently to things, so there is no reason to continue. Not only is this a waste of taxpayer money and leading scientists in the wrong direction, it is unethical to the animals. Humans and animals are very similar. Humans do not get tested without consent and neither should animals. Overall, testing on animals should no longer be allowed. 

Citations 

Akhtar, A. (2015, October). The flaws and human harms of animal experimentation. Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics : CQ : the international journal of healthcare ethics committees. Retrieved November 13, 2021, from 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4594046/

Dunnuck, H. (n.d.). Save the Animals: Stop Animal Testing. Save the animals: Stop animal testing |. Retrieved November 13, 2021, from 

https://www.lonestar.edu/stopanimaltesting.htm

What do your taxpayer dollars really pay for? PETA. (2021, March 9). Retrieved November 13, 2021, from 

https://www.peta.org/features/taxpayer-money-wasted-annually-animal-testing/.

 

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