Protect the fur babies

Liudmila Chernetska

Animal testing is cruel and should not be used. The negatives by far outweigh the positives. Not only is it morally wrong for us to test on animals, but testing on animals does not provide accurate results for humans and has negative impacts on businesses and humans around the world.
First of all, using the results from tests done on animals gives us little information on how humans would react to that test. We all know that humans and animals are not the same, which means that they are going to react differently to different things. In the article, “Testing Drugs for Humans on Dogs Makes No Sense,” it says, “Animal tests also lack the scientific basis to predict accurately safety and efficacy for humans, leading to massive waste of resources on human trials doomed to worse odds of success than a coin flip.” This further proves that the evidence produced from testing on animals would not be the same results that came from testing on humans. This could jeopardize human safety; for example, if we tested a certain drug on a rat and the rat had a positive reaction to it, and then we went and gave that same drug to a human, the human could very well have an extremely negative reaction to it. The National Institute of Health reports that roughly 30 percent of drugs that pass animal tests are found to be toxic to humans and another 60 percent fail because they are ineffective. This means that only 10 percent of all animal tests are providing information that is even remotely accurate to humans. This shows that animal testing provides little to no benefits for humans because the information that comes from these tests are completely inaccurate to humans, which puts humans safety at risk.
Also, animal testing negatively impacts businesses and humans all over the world. One example of a business being heavily impacted by animal testing is pharmaceutical companies. The job of pharmaceutical companies is to provide drugs that are both safe and effective for people, and just like any other business, in order for pharmaceutical companies to keep going, they need to be able to balance out their costs with their benefits. If the costs outweigh the benefits, pharmaceutical companies cannot keep going, and people cannot get the drugs that they need, and this is exactly what is happening. Testing on animals is eliminating the need for human testing. Despite the fact that human testing brings in the most money, the FDA says that no human trial can start until the completion of animal tests. This means that we have to pay more money to test animals,which is increasing the cost, and are not receiving the money from human testing that could be going towards pharmaceutical testing, which is reducing the benefits. By doing this, we are wasting time and money on testing animals that provide inaccurate information and take away from our businesses. Furthermore, animal testing impacts humans as well. In the article, “Testing Drugs for Humans on Dogs Makes No Sense,” the author explains that animal testing increases tax prices because in order to carry out these tests, they have to comply with the FDA guidelines. This is putting our tax money towards inaccurate animal tests when it could be going towards something much more useful.
Although some may say that newly developed methods of testing are inaccurate and since animals and humans are both mammals, testing on animals is the only way to show the effects of certain substances on humans, this is not true. As I mentioned before, animals and humans are not the same. They are different, and this is going to cause results between humans and animals to vary. It is proven that even small biological differences between species invalidate attempts to apply results based on one species to another. This applies to humans and animals. Even though animals and humans have many similarities, the smallest biological differences can heavily impact results between the two. For example, humans belong to the species “Homo sapiens” while animals make up a variety of species. This makes animal testing inaccurate and ultimately useless.
Overall, animal testing provides results that are inaccurate and not useful for humans. There is no point to animal testing if it is not helping further our knowledge about effects of certain things on humans. Not only is this true, but animal testing is also hurting businesses worldwide by wasting time and money to provide results that, as I have mentioned many times before, are completely inaccurate to humans. Animal testing is doing more harm that it is helping and should not be used.
Kramer, L. (2020, July 26). Testing drugs for humans on dogs makes no sense. Financial Times.