For decades, animals have been used in research. They have been mistreated and abused through experimentations from having electrodes placed on their brains, to being infected with harmful and possibly fatal diseases every day. Animal experimentation has been an ongoing heated debate on whether experiments on animals are ethical. Lab animals are subjected to cruel and heartless conditions every day of their lives and humans justify it by saying it is an attempt to further research. However, the truth is that animal research is not an effective way to test drugs or cosmetic products, there is always a way in which animals do not have to be ill-treated.
The Animal Welfare Act of 1966 was made to help keep the treatment of animals at a humane level and not fall under neglect. It required laboratories to report the number of animals used in experiments, and to be inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Animal Welfare Act). In spite of this, the Animal Welfare Act does not include small animals such as rats, mice, and birds; which are the main laboratory animals used in experimentation, almost 80-95%. (Weiss)
Correspondingly, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires by law, that in the testing of pesticides, it must be treated on dogs. To do this the dogs are shoved into “inhalation chambers” where they frantically try to escape the fumes that are being pumped into the room/chamber. Similarly the Food and Drug Administration also requires companies selling products with fluoride in it to test the product on animals, in this case rats. “Swab the teeth of 200 rats with the test substance for two weeks, at which time animals are killed and their heads baked in an oven for an hour” (U.S. Government Testing Programs).
Another example of the mistreatment of animals is with the chemical called Botox. Recent reports give an idea of what the animals go through in...