Animal Testing


Animal Testing
Using animals for testing is wrong and should be banned. Twenty-four hours a day humans
are using defenseless animals for cruel and most often useless tests because these animals have
no way of fighting back and they are very cheap. They have to stop doing all that because these
animals have right to live just as we do , there should be new laws to protect them , and they
have to be careful because there is a day will come when they find that almost 50% of these
animals in the hole world will get distinct . These legislations also need to be enforced more
regularly.
Although most labs are run by private companies, often experiments are conducted by public
organizations. The US government, Army and Air force in particular, has designed and carried
out many animal experiments. The purposed experiments were engineered so that many animals
would suffer and die without any certainty that this suffering and death would save a single life,
or benefit humans in anyway at all; but the same can be said for tens of thousands of other
experiments performed in the US each year. Limiting it to just experiments done on beagles, the
following might sock most people: For instance, at the Lovelace Foundation, Albuquerque and
New Mexico, experimenters forced sixty-four beagles to inhale radioactive Strontium 90 as part
of a Larger Fission Product Inhalation Program ,which began in 1961 and has been paid for by
the US Atomic Energy Commission. In this experiment Twenty-five of the dogs eventually died.
One of the deaths occurred during an epileptic seizure; another from a brain hemorrhage. Other
dogs, before death, became feverish and anemic, lost their appetites, and had hemorrhages. The
experimenters in their published report, compared their results with that of other experiments
conducted at the University of Utah and the Argonne National Laboratory in which beagles were
injected with Strontium 90. They concluded that the dose needed to produce ?early death? in
fifty percent of the sample group differed from test to test because the dogs injected with
Strontium 90 retains more of the radioactive substance than dogs forced to inhale it , Also at the
University of Rochester School Of Medicine a group of experimenters put fifty beagles in
wooden boxes and irradiated them with different levels of radiation by x-rays. Twenty-one of
the dogs died within the first two weeks. The experimenters determined the dose at which fifty
percent of the animals will die with ninety-five percent confidence. The irritated dogs
vomited, had diarrhea, and lost their appetites. Later, they hemorrhaged from the mouth, nose,
and eyes. In their report, the experimenters compared their experiment to others of the same
nature that each used around seven hundred dogs. The experimenters said that the injuries
produced in their own experiment were Typical of those described for the dog (Singer 30).
Similarly, experimenters for the US Food and Drug Administration gave thirty beagles and thirty
pigs large amounts of Methoxychlor (a pesticide) in their food, seven days a week for six
months in order to insure tissue damage . Within eight weeks, eleven dogs exhibited
signs of abnormal behavior including nervousness, salivation, muscle spasms, and
convolutions. Dogs in convultions breathed as rapidly as two hundred times a minute before
they passed out from lack of oxygen. Upon recovery from an episode of convulsions and
collapse, the dogs were uncoordinated, apparently blind, and any stimulus such as dropping a
feeding pan, squirting water, or touching the animals initiated another convulsion. After further
experimentation on an additional twenty beagles, the experimenters concluded that massive daily
doses of Methoxychlor produce different effects in dogs from those produced in pigs. These
three examples should be enough to show that the Air force beagle experiments were in no way
exceptional. Note that all of these experiments, according to the experimenters own reports,
obviously caused the animals to suffer considerably before dying. No steps were taken to
prevent this suffering, even when it was clear that the radiation or poison had made the animals
extremely sick. Also, these experiments are parts of series of similar experiments, repeated with
only minor variations, that are being carried out all over the country. These experiments do not
save human lives or improve them in