Every year, over two hundred million innocent animals are injured or killed in scientific experiments across the world. Of those animals, between seventeen and twenty million are used in the United States alone. It’s said that an animal is killed in a laboratory every three seconds. Those in favor of animal experimentation say they’re taking animals’ lives to save humans. But is it really necessary to subject animals to torturous conditions or painful experiments in the name of science? Is it ethical to destroy an animal’s life while simply testing lipstick or shampoo? Although animals are not humans, it does not make them any more expendable or less precious to humankind. At this time it’s increasingly important for us to stop animal testing once and for all.
First, most people may say that animal testing develops new methods for detection and treatment of many common diseases and illnesses, but this is a person’s perception just from the surface. While animal testing does indeed develop new methods for treatments of disease, there are plenty of other ways to go about attaining these new methods. One of these new methods include a innovative biotechnology firm Hurel has developed a 3-D in vitro (test tube) human "liver" that scientists can use to study the breakdown of chemicals in the human body. This technology effectively mimics human organs and can be used to test cosmetics, drugs, and chemicals without the intervening of animals.
Secondly, many people may wonder if it weren’t for animal testing, where would we be today? Animal testing has aided in many antibiotics, and even asthma medicines that people need in their day-to-day lives. Once again, many other forms of technology can be just as effective in developing new antibiotics that will help people just as they have for years in the past. Antibodies—which are used to research, diagnose, and fight diseases and have traditionally been...