Don’t choose to Abuse

Melissa Masters, Reporter

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Animal testing occurs in many states, even though we have excellent technology to better perform such testing. In a perfect world, animal testing wouldn’t be happening, however, it is. Millions and millions of animals are harmed when the testing happens, and most people don’t think twice. The animals harmed include but are not limited to rats, mice, fish, hamsters, dogs, cats, birds and many more. Something many people don’t seem to notice, is the effect it has not only on animals, but also on humans and our environment.

In today’s society, animal testing is used for many things, including medicines, cosmetics, pesticides, and household goods. The humane society, reported that the experiments rub chemicals into shaved skin or drip chemicals into the eyes of animals with no pain relief, as well as, purposely kill pregnant animals and their fetuses. Not only do companies behind the researchers make the animal suffer once, but they tend to use the same animal for multiple experiments.

According to Pugh, who wrote the article, “Animal Cruelty is Animal Abuse,” after the animal used for the experiment has died, it is discarded into a pile. The pile grows very big after a while, creating danger not only for the environment but the humans as well. The animals in the pile are filled with diseases, viruses, and chemicals, creating certain bad gasses into the air for humans to breathe. Animal testing may help us figure out what will and will not affect humans; however, it doesn’t always work. Some experiments showed amazing results in animals but horrible results in humans, simply because we’re not the same.

Although there is an act called Animal Welfare Act or AWA that protects some animals from the horrible acts of testing for research, it doesn’t protect all animals. In fact, rats, birds, and fish are some of the animals the act does not protect. We, as a community, need to consider better alternatives for testing things out, instead of harming our animals, our environment, and ourselves.