Persuasive from the U.S. food and Drug Administration

                                                   Persuasive Essay

You go into the store and you
buy dawn dish soap but little do you know the harm that this product caused.
Animal testing is used for the majority of products sold today.  Common products are Windex, post-it notes,
Trojan condoms, and many more. In my opinion, animal testing should be illegal
due to harmful effects and its inaccuracy; thus I will conclude this essay with
ways to prevent testing on innocent, hopeless animals.

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We have heard about animals be
treated terribly by their owners. They are abused and left for dead on the
streets. The ASPCA Makes it their mission for everyone to know when an animal
is being mistreated, but nobody talks about the abuse that animals go through
when being used to test products. They are pushed into small cages with other suffering
animals. Researchers forcing mass amounts of products in their eyes and on
their skin with no idea of the excruciating pain they will experience. “These
experiments included immobilizing mice and rats in tubes, shocking their feet,
suspending them by their tails, and forcing them to swim to avoid drowning” (neavs.org).
They go through weeks of mental and physical aching with no medication to ease
their suffering. Violent, bloody body spores, scourging, red eyes, loss of
sight, paralysis, internal bleeding, convulsions, and death are just a few
consequences.

 

There are so many differences
between us and animals they test on that half the tests aren’t accurate. “a
2004 study from the U.S. food and Drug Administration found that 92% of the
drugs entering clinical trials following animals testing fail to be approved.
Of the approved, half are withdrawn or relabeled due to severe or lethal
adverse effects not detected during animal testing” (livescience). TGN was a
therapy drug that was successfully tested on mice and rats, but had life
threatening effects on the people who volunteered to be in the human trial “within
minutes, the human test subjects were withering on the floor in agony. The
compound was designed to dampen the immune system but it had supercharged
theirs, unleashing a cascade of chemicals that sent all six of them to the hospital”
(huffingtonpost). If an experiment fails on animals and we throw it out who’s
to say we didn’t just throw out the cure for cancer because nobody tried It on
a human. For example, one of the most successful drugs used towards a
particular type of breast cancer was almost abandoned because it caused liver
tumors in rats, however the meds could save human lives (Aysha Akhtar).

 

A drug called thalidomide came
to be in 1951. It was an over the counter sleeping pill. It was sold as
harmless to children and adults even women who were pregnant. By the 1960s this
drug had been found the cause of a severe birth defect “The drug interfered
with the babies’ normal development, causing many of them to be born with
phocomelia, resulting in shortened, absent, or flipper-like limbs. A German
newspaper soon reported 161 babies were adversely affected by thalidomide,
leading the makers of the drug—who had ignored reports of the birth defects
associated with the it—to finally stop distribution within Germany. Other
countries followed suit and, by March of 1962, the drug was banned in most
countries where it was previously sold” (helix.northwestern).

 

“The scientific community has
spent over 20 million taxpayer dollars exposing animals to drugs for a variety
of pointless tests” (care2). A lot of experiments are done for no reason. In
North Carolina there was one called “monkeys getting high” where they spent
over $71,000 dollars giving monkeys cocaine and for what? We have wasted
millions of dollars and hurt countless numbers of animals doing experiments
that we don’t even need to do. We could use that money for many things such as
saving the music programs in schools, or providing food for the 50 million
people who struggle to feed their families, and we could provide shelter for
the 2.5 million children who are homeless. We could save animal lives and human
dollars all by cutting out one thing that doesn’t do us any good.

 

Alternatives to testing on
animals are the Vitro method, Silico model, and Human testing. The Vitro method
uses human cells and tissues and are grown on a chip to completely mimic human
systems. which doesn’t harm any animals in the process and the tests are more
likely to be successful. “The
chips can be used instead of animals in disease research, drug testing, and
toxicity testing and have been shown to replicate human physiology, diseases, and drug
responses more accurately than crude animal experiments do” (Peta). Silico
model that uses advanced computer modeling techniques. “Researchers have
developed a wide range of sophisticated computer models that simulate human
biology and the progression of developing diseases. Studies show that these
models can accurately predict the ways that new drugs will react in the human
body and replace the use of animals in exploratory research and many standard
drug tests” (Peta). Both of these methods have been successful and it saves
humans and animals from going through the pain of testing products.

 

 There is also human testing which isn’t ideal
but people have the choice of if they want to do it or not. They are given very
small doses of medicine and watched for any harmful side effects. They also
have human patient simulators that breath, bleed, convulse and die. They use
these to teach students instead of having them cut into animals. “The most
high-tech simulators mimic illnesses and injuries and give the appropriate
biological response to medical interventions and injections of medications.
Ninety-seven percent of medical schools across the U.S. have completely
replaced the use of animal laboratories in medical training with simulators”
(Peta).

 

In conclusion, animals hurt and
bleed just like humans; therefore, I believe that animal testing should be put
to an end. We found there are many other options that are better than testing
on animals Go to your local store today and buy a product that does not promote
animal testing.

 

Works Cited

Akhtar, Aysha.
“The Flaws and Human Harms of Animal Experimentation.” Cambridge
Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Cambridge University Press, Oct. 2015,
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4594046/.

“Alternatives to
Animal Testing.” PETA,
www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/alternatives-animal-testing/.

 “Animals.” LiveScience, Purch,
www.livescience.com/animals.

“Animals in
Science / Research.” Limitations and Dangers,
www.neavs.org/research/limitations.

Greek, C Ray.
“How Reliable Is Animal Testing?; Podium.” The Independent,
Independent Digital News and Media, 8 Mar. 1999,
www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/how-reliable-is-animal-testing-podium-1079311.html.

 “Helix Magazine.” The Thalidomide
Tragedy: Lessons for Drug Safety and Regulation | Helix Magazine,
helix.northwestern.edu/article/thalidomide-tragedy-lessons-drug-safety-and-regulation.

M.P.H., Aysha
Akhtar M.D. “The Top 3 Ways Animal Experiments Hurt Humans.” The
Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 11 Nov. 2013,
www.huffingtonpost.com/aysha-akhtar/animal-experiments_b_4209541.html.

“The High Cost of
Animal Testing.” Care2 Causes,
www.care2.com/causes/high-cost-of-animal-testing.html.