Animal Testing Data Not Accessible; Are Scientists Hiding Something ?
by giselle.basquecortez on September 10, 2013 - 9:46pm
This article focuses on the transparency of animal testing and its data. The author affirmed that the University of British Colombia released their official data on their animal testing which alerted several animal rights groups due to their unexpectedly high numbers. The honesty of their numbers released is doubted since the university maintained verbally that they had experimented on about 100 000 animals in 2010 but the data released that same year shows that the number of animals used at UBC was the double. The author clearly presents the facts in a way of showing that the transparency of animal testing and its data is wrong.
The moral question being asked concerning this issue is if animal testing is right or wrong. Moreover, should data on animal testing be accessible?
The facts are that animal testing leads to several discoveries that are valuable for the future but that to achieve this, animals have to be encaged and experimented their whole lives, which can cause them to suffer or die.
- Development of science
- ``Test one animal now, save thousands later``
- Learn more about how physical bodies work
- Animal testing teaches us more on how diseases develop and spread
- Allows us to develop new methods of detection and treatment
- The use of animals in research is done only when absolutely necessary and caringly
- Medical advancements that we now take for granted (blood transfusions, antibiotics, vaccines or other medications) could never have been achieved without animal research
- Animal well-being and rights
- Animals feel pain and fear just as we do
- Their natural instincts, just like ours, are to be free and to survive in the environment, not to be locked up in cages, where their destiny is chosen for them
- Animals are subjected to suffering and abuse that would be intolerable yet, illegal if it took place somewhere else
- Animals should never be forced to face being genetically modified to develop diseases
- Around 90% of medications tested on animals fail in humans, which results in failure of projects and wasted lives
Those in favor of animal testing have values such as acknowledgement, advancement, awareness, consciousness, discovery, learning, perseverance, science and education. For them, it is important to experiment and make tests on animals to be able to make important discoveries. It is only logic to test animals in order for all species to survive better and longer. Those against animal testing and its transparency hold values such as awareness, care, compassion, conservation, correctness, empathy, fairness, justice, respect and wealth. For tem, animal testing should be banned because it does not respect and goes against animal rights.
I approve the transparency of animal testing and its data. If numbers and information is hidden to the society, people cannot know what is going on and nobody gets the right to develop an opinion on the issue. I am against animal testing because I am a careful person who thinks it is inhumane to use animals as scientific models their whole lives. It is against nature and do not classify myself in a higher social class to decide on the destiny of animal`s lives. It also causes animals to feel pain and suffer throughout the experiments. What is worse is that there are very large chances that the experiments fail which will have as consequences health problems or death. Moreover, I am definitely for the transparency of their data to be able to access the information without difficulty. Scientific are very proud to announce their findings on medical cures, which is understandable but do not show how many tests and experiments they have done to achieve the responses. Besides of hiding of shame and guilt of their high numbers, why would scientists hide important statistics, results and data on their research?
Bebeto Matthews. ``Should more institutions release their data on animal testing ?`` CBCNews Community (Fall 2011): 1-1, Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 Sept. 2013.