Every day, over 115 million animals are trapped in steel cages, waiting for a latex-gloved hand to reach in and whisk them away for another day of testing. These animals are used to test the safety of products intended for human use, improve our medicines, or investigate the effects of products or procedures. Using animals for these purposes is unethical and constitutes abuse. Even though successful animal research frequently benefits humans, the pain, suffering, and deaths of animals are not worth the potential human benefits. Therefore, animals should not be used in research or product testing.
Animals, like humans, are living creatures with the ability to hear, see, remember, smell, distinguish objects, and even behave reasonably following some behavioral patterns. Similar to human beings, they can have many underlying feelings; they feel pain if they are harmed or exposed to abuse. When animals are used in research or product testing, their rights are violated. A large proportion of animal testing results in moderate or severe suffering for the animal and results mostly in death once the experiment is completed. Some of the tests that the animals must endure are; skin sensitization, neurotoxicity, eye irritancy, and mutagenicity. These tests include the animals being forced to inhale and consume poisonous fumes or having lethal chemicals poured into their eyes or rubbed into their skin. These animals are caged and deprived of their freedom of movement and control over their lives. They are denied attention and get mistreated. As long as animals can feel pain, subjecting them to these experiments appears inhumane and should no longer remain legal. The European Union, Israel, India, Australia, and New Zealand have banned the sale of any cosmetics or cosmetic ingredients that have been tested on animals. This was a huge victory for animals, but changes need to be made globally.
Because the structure, physiology, and molecular structure of animals differ from that off humans, using them in experiments can lead to errors. Many animals do not even contract diseases that humans do, so animals cannot provide accurate results because humans and animals are not structurally built in the same way. Animal testing is unnecessary because there are viable alternatives.
In conclusion, animal testing should be illegal because it violates the rights of animals, causes pain and suffering to experimental animals, and other methods of testing product toxicity are available. Humans cannot justify torturing and executing thousands of animals each year to perform laboratory experiments in order to improve their own lives.