Happy birthday to Booker T. Washington!
Here’s what happened in my week:
Monday: I worked on my essay about animal testing, and I did Acrobatics. Also, Douglas ran around in a box for April fools. It was really funny.
Tuesday: I did Math class and worked on average rate of change and linear word problems. I also worked on my essay and did cooking, then made candy with Chuck, the candy master!
Wednesday: I did Math and submitted my essay.
Thursday: I watched some videos on blood from Khan Academy to prepare for Anatomy & Physiology.
Friday: I played a round of Exploding Kittens, then did Anatomy & Physiology, Poker and watched some Phil Hellmuth getting angry at losing poker clips with Ryan, Douglas, and Luca. Definitely recommend, because they are hilarious.
Here’s my essay I was working on:
Animal testing is cruel, expensive and unreliable and it should be banned around the world. While it does offer benefits, there are better alternatives that can help save these animals lives and do a more accurate job.
Animal testing is not always a foolproof plan, animal tests have misled researchers in the past into ignoring potential cures and treatment. For example, in the 1950s, the sleeping pill Thalidomide was tested on animals before its commercial release yet caused 10,000 babies to be born with deformities. This proves that some chemicals can be harmful to animals but safe on humans or vise versa. “Currently, 9 out of 10 experimental drugs fail because we can not accurately predict how they will behave in people based on laboratory and animal studies.” -Michael O. Leavitt, former secretary for the US Department of Health and Human Services. Imagine how many cures we have missed because they behave differently in animals than humans?
Animals are locked in small cages never being able to see sunlight, they get impregnated and right when they give birth their baby is taken from them which can be so traumatic, they go insane. U.S. law lets animals be burned, poisoned, starved, drowned, addicted to drugs, and brain-damaged. These mistreated animals aren’t even required to have painkillers when they get agonized. No matter how painful the process is, it is allowed in the name of science. There are better options rather than testing on animals that work better and save more lives, such as in vitro testing, where scientists study biological properties that are done in a test tube rather than on an animal or a human. It is substantially cheaper; for example:
Testing unscheduled DNA synthesis on animals would be $32,000, as opposed to doing an in vitro test which would just be $11,000.
It is true that animal testing has been used to cure various diseases primarily including rabies, certain types of lymphoma, give us sunscreen, our makeup products.
Yes, it has been helpful because it gave us a way to know if we were going to get skin cancer from our sunscreen or from our makeup products, but it is dated. We are currently living in the future and have access to newer, better alternatives that can help us get these same products for a fraction of the price, and save millions of lives.
In conclusion, animal testing is a heavily debated topic, some say it is a necessity while others say there are better alternatives. It is expensive, not very useful, cruel and also risky. There are useful alternatives that make more sense financially and also save millions of animal lives.