This essay discusses advantages of animal experimentation.

Essay by mundjo May 2004

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Animal experimentation provides great advantages to society.

"One cannot escape from animal experimentation." So says Dr Alan Goldberg from John Hopkins Uni in US. That really sums up my first point. We really cannot comprehend how many products there are that we can't live without, that have been produced using animal testing. Things like medicine, vaccines, soap, shampoo, detergents, washing powder and clothes. Then of course there are things like foundation, mascara, lipstick, eye shadow, moisturizers, cleansers, shaving cream, perfume and deodorants.

When we go to the supermarket to buy products like the above, we don't think whether it is safe or not, we just assume that it is. In fact we are pretty confident that it is safe. The only reason that this is so, is because of animal experimentation. These products are tested on animals to establish the complete safety of the product- this means that we won't get any nasty surprises and we can also feel safeguarded and protected because the products have already been proven safe.

Misuse of products is also tested on animals. This might sound terrible. But because of this testing people know how to deal with misuse and how to save people's lives. To illustrate, say I swallowed some kind of detergent. We could ring the Poisons Information Centre, who after identifying the substance will tell us exactly what to do. The only reason that they are able to do this is because of animal testing. We can't put people's lives at risk. We need animal testing.

The make up industry- it helps make women beautiful, it provides countless jobs and it is very good for the economy. In the USA alone, the makeup industry brings $3billion dollars to the economy. And yet the makeup industry relies on animal experimentation.

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