Needless Torture

Essay by riggie40University, Bachelor'sA+, January 2010

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High altitude experiments, incendiary bomb experiments, freezing experiments, sea-water experiments, malaria experiments, mustard gas experiments, spotted fever (Typhus) experiments, and experiments with poison are just a few of the experiments that were conducted by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust (The Nazi Doctors). It is truly sad to see that even with the many technological advances that have been made throughout the last century, mankind seems to be just as barbaric as the Nazi’s were seventy years ago. Sure, we have changed test subjects from human beings to animals; maybe today’s scientists believe that if they can’t tell us what their feeling it’s alright to keep testing, or maybe they are just as cold hearted as the Nazi doctors were. Either way, the testing that takes place in today’s concentration camps for animals is needless torture.

Many of the experiments undergone on animals are known to cause extreme suffering, often to the point of the animal’s death, and much like the concentration camps of old, when they are not being experimented on they still suffer a grave deal of stress in the laboratories where they are typically kept in desolate containers, kennels, or in solitary confinement, denied any kind companionship or affection.

Once the animals have been used for an experiment, they are frequently killed; however, some receive the ‘pleasure’ of living through continued research for months or even years (Animal Experiments). Yet while even the United States Government describes animal experimentation as, “a ‘procedure’ that is likely to cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm” (Animal Experiments), they still allow it to continue.

Unlike other countries such as Austria, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom who have banned experimentation on primates, the United States still federally funds eight research centers that continue to perform horrific experiments on approximately...