Imagine just another day in the lab

Imagine waking up one day and having cosmetic products forced into your eyes, medical drugs shoved down your throat, and chemicals poured all over your body. This is just another day in the lab for animals such as dogs, cats, chimpanzees, rabbits, etc. Scientists use these animals for experiments that test the safety of scientific and commercial products, however there are better more efficient ways to test their safety. Although most research animal’s DNA are similar to humans, not all their experiments are systematic. Many chemicals that affect the animals do not cause any harm to humans. For example, “Aspirin is dangerous to some animal species but is effective to humans…” Some chemicals, however, have the opposite effect. The test on animals come back successful but when released into the market caused many people major problems. In the article Pros and Cons of animal Testing, the author tells about how the sleeping pill thalidomide caused 10,000 babies severe birth defects even though it was tested on animals previous to its release. He also mentioned how an arthritis drug was protective on mice but lead to about 27,000 heart attacks and deaths before being pulled from the market. Not all testing testing is harmful to animals, but it can be harmful on us.There are alternative methods to animals testing that may be less expensive, and more efficient. A study was shown that $7.3 million taxpayers money was wasted in animal research in 2016, and $56.4 of government funds were used on test that has ineffective results and failed to prove anything. The in vitro method involves using human cells in a petri dish to test the safety of products. It can prove more relevant results than animal research because of the use of actual human cells. Technology has also advanced and we now have the ability to 3D print human molecular structures, such as organs. Allowing us to have a more productive result on the harm of substances without putting animal subjects through the trauma of experiments that aren’t as efficient. Animal experiments aren’t just ineffective, they’re also inhumane. “The Draize Test, named after John Henry Draize, is a test where a cosmetic or drug is dropped into a rabbit’s eyes, which are forced open with clips, to determine the level of irritation.” There eyes can be held open for multiple days so they don’t blink the product away. Animal subjects are force fed, starved, restrained for long periods of time, and inflicted with burns and other wounds. Even though the AWA (Animal Welfare Act) “regulates the sale and treatment of non-human primates” it does not mean all animals are safe. Animals such as mice, fish, and birds aren’t covered by the AWA. Which means they are especially vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment