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Animal Testing: Is it Necessary?

Malorie Kenneway, Contributor

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Animal testing is something that has been in effect since before 500 BC. It is extremely controversial among not only Americans, but people all over the world. Every year, 26 million animals are tested on, in harsh environments, using extreme treatments. These animals suffer physical pain and the majority of the treatments kill the animal after forcing them to suffer. Despite the Animal Welfare Act, animals are still allowed legally to be put through grueling situations. The Animal Welfare Act only protects ten percent of animals being put through this process and present the minimal care and treatment requirements that are needed to be met. The treatment of these animals is unnecessary and inhumane.

Animals and humans are very different from each other, making a lot of the results that are produced from testing on animals irrelevant and unable to use in comparison to humans. Nine out of ten experiments used on animals that present safe and effective results, fail on humans because of this. So, is animal testing as effective as everyone thinks it is? There are alternative options that people aren’t aware of. With today’s modern technology, we are able to use computer based cells and can test on actual human cells or cell lines. This produces more accurate results, studying the same types of toxicity and diseases. There are alternative, modern techniques that can be put into effect to replace animal testing that have the potential to prevail more precise and reliable outcomes.

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  1. Michael Toomey on April 17th, 2018 12:10 pm

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    They have even won an award from PETA for their work. https://www.mattek.com/about/

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