English- College Writing- Soapbox Speech
29 September 2010
Each year an infinite number of cats, dogs, farm animals, fish, mice, monkeys, rats, rabbits, and many other domestic and wild animals are used for experimentation. These animals are used to test the safety of cosmetics, household cleaners, and other consumer products. Some people, mainly scientist, believe the idea of using animals for experimentation is ethical. The scientists who are conducting the animal experiments do not realize the damage and pain they are inflicting on these creatures. Therefore, it is my belief that experimenting on helpless animals is morally wrong and should be stopped.
Most experiments are not conducted for the good of society. It is a common misconception that most tests performed on animals are done with the aim for finding a cure for cancer. Nearly two thirds (2/3) of all animal research has little or nothing to do with curing human disease or advancing human medicine. Actually, most research is driven by the curiosity of scientist. The growing trend is largely a part of scientist wanting to gain recognition for their accomplishments they get published rather than the contribution that each study makes to the advancement of science or medicine.
Most of the experiments that are done on animals leave them to suffer. Some of these animals have to suffer in cages with pain for days to weeks before they eventually die from the experiment. A PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) investigation revealed on tape the abuse of animals in laboratories at Colombia University. The baboons were subject to invasive surgeries and left to suffer and die without any sort of pain killing medicine. Monkeys were also forced to enter surgical procedures in which metal pipes were implanted into their skulls for the sole purpose of inducing stress. This was done to study the connection between stress and women’s menstrual cycles....