Why Animal Testing Is Pointless
Imagine being trapped in a cramped prison cell all by yourself. You can hear others in the cells next to you crying out in pain and fear, but you aren’t able to do anything to help them. You’re helpless, too, as people perform painful and terrifying procedures on you. They rub burning chemicals into your eyes, pump toxic drugs into your stomach, or implant devices inside your body. You try to escape, but the experimenters are much bigger and stronger than you. Every day, you sit in your cell and hope the pain will end, that SOMEONE will come to help you, but no one does.
This is the reality for over 100 million animals who are tormented and killed in U.S. laboratories each year for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experiments, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing.
These animals are sometimes kept in barren cages and electro-shocked, poisoned, socially isolated, cut open, starved, crippled, and intentionally inflicted with brain damage in nightmarish experiments. Animals used for experimentation are treated like disposable laboratory equipment rather than the thinking, feeling, sensitive individuals they are.
In the U.S., there is hardly any legal protection for animals who are used in experiments. The Animal Welfare Act, the only law governing the treatment of animals in laboratories, is supposed to “help” animals, but no experiment, no matter how painful or useless, is against the law—and painkillers are NOT required.
Experimenting on animals is just bad science. Many scientists have determined that because of the major differences between humans and animals, animal tests DO NOT reliably predict outcomes in humans and the majority of these experiments do not lead to medical advances that improve the health of humans. In fact, results of experiments on animals are often misleading. According to the Food and Drug Administration, 92 percent of drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animals FAIL in humans because they either don’t work or are actually dangerous. Scary, right?!
Modern non-animal research methods like organs-on-chips technology, computer modeling, statistical analysis, and studies of human populations and volunteers are less expensive, faster, and more accurate than tests on animals. Thanks to PETA and others who speak up for animals, international agencies, scientists, and professional organizations around the world are moving toward these humane methods and away from cruel experiments on animals. In many countries, tests on animals for cosmetics are even against the law!
What You Can Do
- Always buy cruelty-free makeup and household products. Buying products that don’t harm animals is super-easy, and you’ll feel good knowing that none of your purchases contributed to an animal’s suffering. To find out if a product is cruelty-free, check out our database or one of our shopping guides.
- Say no to dissection in schools. Find out if your school or state has a dissection-choice policy, and if it doesn’t, let us know. We’re here to help you.
- If you or someone you know works in your school’s laboratory, contact us if you see something wrong.
- Join the peta2 Street Team. We’ll keep you up to date with the newest information on cruelty-free products and how to help stop experiments on animals.
- Spread the word! Let your friends know about the cruelty behind experiments on animals.