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The rise of social media has provided platforms that allow consumers to criticize the practice of animal testing publicly. While the most commonly accepted reason for urging businesses to stop this practice is because it’s cruel, there are logical and scientifically sound reasons. When you consider these points, it becomes clear that animal testing is as fruitless as it is inhumane.
Animals Don’t Share Our Body Chemistry
Our bodies are so different that animals don’t get all of the same illnesses that affect humanity. This is especially true for genetic diseases. This is because our DNA is more advanced than animal DNA. More importantly, drugs and foods affect human differently and what may be toxic to humans may not adversely affect dogs, monkeys, or mice at all.
Results are Unreliable
The differences in our biological make-up, when compared to laboratory animals, can result in misleading conclusions. By way of an example, Vioxx was developed to treat the symptoms of arthritis and tested on laboratory monkeys. Researchers determined that the drug didn’t cause any harmful side effects and, therefore, it was determined to be safe for human use. When administered to people, Vioxx caused over 320,000 strokes and heart attacks. The drug is responsible for producing as many as 140,000 deaths throughout the world.
The Results Aren’t Worth the Price
Finally, it’s a waste of animal lives, especially once you realize how few people it helps. Worldwide, more than 115 million animals are used in laboratory drug testing each year. In comparison, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration only approved 46 new medications in 2017. This indicates that the majority of animal testing is unnecessary. Those drugs that are approved are often treatments for rare diseases, so, even in those cases, only a tiny segment of the population will benefit from them. Additionally, these drugs often prove ineffective, when they advance to human clinical trials.
People tend to agree that animal testing is cruel, but some people believe it’s necessary. They assume this type of laboratory testing produces beneficial results, but that’s not the case. Even when a drug is developed and approved, due to animal testing results, those drugs often don’t have the same effects on human beings. In some cases, those drugs may be deadly to humans, or they may just be ineffective in treated the diseases they were intended to cure.