The dark and secretive world of animal testing is built upon an inherently cruel and inhumane system of confinement, exploitation, torture, mutilation and murder, yet the scientific and medical communities insist that these practices are essential for the progression of humanity.
As we look into the ethical issues surrounding animal testing it becomes evident that the entire process is built on a paradox whereby animals are claimed to be enough like humans to make the process worthwhile, but not enough like humans to make it unethical.
These contradictory ideas have been embedded in the industry from its very inception, and there is no way to get around the fact that animals are intelligent, sentient, feeling beings just like us.
Testing Requires the Animals to Be ‘Human Like’
If animals weren’t intelligent, sentient beings there would be no reason whatsoever to run physical, psychological and physiological tests on them in the first place, as the results would be completely irrelevant to humans.
The commonality between all living beings is undeniable, yet humans often perceive the world from a very self centric and egotistical viewpoint. We believe that we’re the most intelligent and important species on the planet, and as such we base everything as it is in relation to us. Animals are selected for different tests based on traits that scientists believe mimic human physiology or psychology so that the results can be seen as relevant.
The problem is that despite the fact that animal testing is proclaimed to be an essential part of medical testing and scientific research procedure, the results of almost every test are largely irrelevant because they are not being conducted on humans and so the results are completely unreliable.
We create simulated human diseases in animals that would never have them, carry out chemical reaction tests on animals with completely different skin and organ make-up, and a whole host of other similarly flawed experiments which do not actually yield any solid data.
Animal Lives Not As Important as Human Needs
Despite claiming that the animals being tested on share enough similarity with humans to warrant testing on them, it is clear to see that their lives are not valued in a similar way to our own.
The horrific ways that millions of ‘test subjects’ are tortured, starved, poisoned, mutilated, confined and intentionally harmed in the most unthinkable ways is justified because their lives are seen as insignificant in comparison to our own needs.
Modern Solutions Are Already Available
This belief that non-human lives are less valuable than our own is the root of all animal exploitation, and it is what allows these atrocities to be committed by the millions each year. Our desire to advance our own scientific research or medical tests are put above the lives of animals, and this should not be allowed to continue.
The vast majority of animal testing is completely unnecessary and unproductive, and all animal testing is ethically wrong. With the progression in modern technology we have the ability to conduct much more meaningful and statistically accurate data from tests which do not require animals to suffer and die in the process.
Animal lives do matter, and there’s no possible way to breed and raise them for testing in an ethical way, so it’s time we moved to a more compassionate future by finding new, animal-free alternatives. Our wants and needs are not more important than the life of another.