Hailey Roth Roth1
November 11, 2012
The debate over animal testing will never completely end because this topic is always being discussed and is an ongoing problem in our society. Because of new technological discoveries with medicine and science, the need for animal testing is increased. There are interesting points made on both sides of the debate.
Should the government restrict the use of animal testing? Doctors say no, but on the other hand, many other people say yes such as the American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Each year, millions of animals are killed in the United States for animal testing. In fact, more than 100 million animals including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish and birds are killed from animal testing. According to the American Society of Cruelty to Animals, cosmetic companies kill millions of animals while testing their products. Almost a million of these animals go through excruciating pain during these experiments. Some companies that still use animal testing today are L'Oreal, Scope, and Old Spice. The European Union banned animal testing in 2009. The Chief executor of Beauty Without Cruelty suggests alternatives to animal testing such as testing using computer models. In 1989, a group called People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, conducted an "undercover inquiry" in the L'Oreal lab and came to find out that the company had been burning mice to test sunscreen and makeup. They also came to find out that L'Oreal's pharmaceuticals were also testing drugs on animals. Although
this company said they were no longer testing on animals, they secretly were and they eventually got caught. There are many cases where companies and small businesses get caught testing animals undercover. In...