Even though there are a lot of people that believe that animal testing is cruel and unethical, I believe these strong opinions are the result of lacking research and incorrect information regarding the testing of animals. Most people are ill informed and base their judgement on general blatant outbursts of people that usually don’t know what they are talking about.
It is first necessary to find out what the animals are actually being tested for. This is in fact quite important because that narrows down the type of tests and also the ultimate effect on the animal. There is, for example, a huge difference in testing animals for cosmetic products and testing animals for AIDS research. The cosmetic product testing is done by companies that in the end want to make a product that will sell, so they test their new product on an animal and observe the results. Based on those results, the company gets permission to either sell the product or terminate its production. In the end, the animal is used for one reason, to make money. This doesn’t better humanity in one way, except giving it another perfume or shampoo (maybe not good examples…).
On the other hand, testing animals in order to further research for cures or diseases is a other whole thing. The test animals are utilized to better humanity, and they fulfill a noble purpose. This type of animal testing should be allowed, especially if it makes a difference in the life of sick people.
As a result, people should research what they actually mean when they say, “animal testing should be banned”. If a couple of animals are sacrificed to save a sick child, in my opinion, I wouldn’t mind being a little unethical.
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