There are many reasons why we should continue testing various products on animals. Animal testing takes the place of human testing, and the life of a human is undoubtedly worth more than that of a mouse or rabbit (this should be a self-evident premise). Those who would argue that this is not the case should not be ignored; they should be encouraged and allowed to put themselves in the place of the animal being tested.
Animal activists have taken their cause to the extreme. Just look at this example:
On September 30, business in Springdale, Arkansas, apparently got too bloody for citizens’ taste. That day, Eduardo Aquino, 66, allegedly slaughtered a pig behind his Springdale home. Investigators responding to a complaint about a pig who was making a “horrible noise” apparently arrived to find the bloodied and dead pig on a table on the defendant’s property; news sources reported that police said, “Aquino stabbed the pig until [he] died.”
He stabbed a pig until it died! Heaven forbid! After all, if that pig had had a chance to survive, it might have realized its calling and gone to herd some sheep or bore us with adventures in a city. But that’s beside the point; the point was that radical promoters of animal rights have no place arguing against animal testing, as they’re the same people who would protest the slaughtering of a creature that has been used for food for thousands of years. I don’t mind how they protest though, when they do it as tastefully as this young woman:
Animal testing has yielded some of history’s finest products, including lipstick and antidepressants. We could even be helping animals by testing our cosmetics on them; swine could use some perfume on occasion. Of course that’s a weak reason to test on them, so here are some good ones:
- Animal tests can be used to control variables which are beyond the researcher’s control in a human-based experiment (for ethical reasons).
- Generation time is much quicker in animals than in humans, so long-term effects are more readily exhibited.
- Animal tests are the only way to study the behavior of a lethal pathogen (like HIV).
Anything about which we have no qualms force-breeding should be useful for testing purposes. There’s a reason we’re at the top of the food chain: we’re supposed to be dominating everything below us, beating it into submission without any repercussions. As the man once said,
“You’ve gotta grab it by the haunches and…hump it into submission!”