The Use of Animals for Research

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Photo: Kitty Block and Sara Amundson, Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sarah Graninger, Writer

Animals are used every day for scientific research to help scientists understand how human bodies work, and to study their reactions to certain substances. These animals are forced to eat and inhale products. They are injected as products rub into their skin. These animals suffer or die from the tests that are done to them, and they even use their bodies to do research on their tissue and organs after they pass away. 


Animal rights are completely violated in this process. These tests are painful and almost always result in death or permanent damage. Baboons, cats, cows, dogs, ferrets, fish, frogs, guinea pigs, llamas, horses, owls, rabbits, and more animals are used for testing, to help HUMANS understand HUMANS. The more you think about it, the less sense it makes. It’s hard to grasp the concept of people putting other species through torture, to help themselves. There are thousands of companies that use animals for testing. 

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Click here to see a list of companies that use animals for testing Here 


Ways to become a cruelty-free customer

To start becoming a cruelty-free customer, you need to look at what products are tested on animals. If you are really determined, you can get rid of everyday products you use and replace them with cruelty-free products. While shopping for products, you can look on the labels to see if they are tested on animals, if they are, put them back on the shelf. You can also educate the people around you on the topic. There is no harm in bringing awareness to this issue. You can also donate your own body to science, to give them testing resources.


The EPA plans to substantially reduce animal testing. They are hoping that all businesses will end animal testing altogether by 2035. There are organizations that are against animal testing, Their efforts include “Conducting groundbreaking eyewitness investigations and colorful advocacy campaigns to educate the public. Persuading the government agencies to stop funding and conducting testing on animals”

More than 110 million animals are killed in US laboratories.  



Animal testing is overall inhumane. These animals are suffering at the hands of the human race. It’s hard to understand how people can live with themselves, knowing they are torturing species that are resources for humans.