Rats, Mice & Rules


To understand the human body or any living creature on earth, experimentations have to be made. Those experimentations are needed in order determine the proper conclusion and the further advancement of science. Nowadays, lots of regulations are made concerning experimentations on humans. The severity of those rules differs from countries but is generally very strict to avoid any abuses. If human testing is now controlled by many different rules, than why is it not the case for animal testing?

According to Procon.org, 1.95% of animals used in experiments are not protected by the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which excludes birds, rats and mice bred for research, and cold-blooded animals such as reptiles and most fish.* Animals are used to develop drugs, make up, test the level of toxicity of a drug… In some laboratories, animals are subjected to burns, injuries, food and water deprivation. All of this in order to study the mechanism of life and how the body functions. The problem is that pain is inflicted to animals in order to improve the life and comprehension of the humans. Although animals have some similarity to humans, the differences between the organisms and their functioning are too big to make real good subjects. Animals are not reliable test subjects and the results obtained on animals can largely differ than with a human. The worst part of animals testing is that the pain inflected on innocent animals could be avoided. Procon.org proposes many solutions. For example, the testing of a drug could be done on a human volunteer who would receive a micro dose. There are also virtual reconstructions of the human body on computer that can predict the level of toxicity of a drug without having to involve any animals.

Obviously, there are some advantages to experiment on animal, but the regulation should be as strict as the ones for human testing. A life is a life, and animals should not be mistreated and torture for our benefice is other methods could be used.



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