A large amount of cosmetic products today

A large amount of cosmetic products today have been frequently tested on animals against their will. They are tested on animals to make sure the products are safe for humans, but in this process the animals can get severely harmed. Animal testing is inhumane and there are more and more new methods of testing cosmetic products that could work if they were only properly implemented and developed. Banning animal testing worldwide save millions of animals from suffering and being test subjects against their will. Animals testing should be banned because it is inhumane, there are alternative methods and products tested on animals do not always work. The main reason why animal testing is inhumane is because the animals do not have a voice. This should not mean that we can use them to experiment and create products for the masses. If one were to look into how exactly the animals were treated he or she would see that there are some similarities to torture. They are subjected to force-feeding, forced inhalation food and water deprivation, prolonged periods of physical restraint, the infliction of burns and other wounds to study the healing process. In 2016 71130 animals suffered from pain whilst they were being used for experiments according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), “Annual Report Animal Usage by Fiscal Year: 2016,” aphis.usda.gov, June 27, 2017). This includes primates, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. They also stated that these animals were not given any anesthetic to ease the pain. This showcases the disregard for the animals well being. Animals should not be treated in this way simply because they have no cognitive function or ability to communicate with humans. Technically according to the law animals do not have a fraction of the rights a human has. However a growing part of the world’s population believe that animals should have more rights and that animal testing should be illegal. Another issue with animal testing is that it does not always work. The main argument for animal testing is that there have been many breakthroughs in medicine, due to the fact that medical research companies do not have to wait for voluntary human test subjects. Instead they can develop vaccines by testing them on animals. But a study done in 2008 in the journal to Alternatives to Laboratory Animals showed that 80 HIV/AIDS vaccines that were successful in non human trials failed when tested on humans. (https://www.livescience.com/46147-animal-data-unreliable-for-humans.html) There are many more examples of animal testing not being completely fail safe and many situation where because of the biological differences between humans and animals, medicines have worked on animals have had no effect in human trials. A 2004 study in the journal Stroke, showed that more than 4,000 studies report efficacy of more than 700 treatments of stroke in animal models. Yet none of the approximately 150 of these treatments tested in humans showed clinical benefit, as reported in a 2005 paper in the International Journal of Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration(https://www.livescience.com/46147-animal-data-unreliable-for-humans.html). What this proves is that animal testing is not necessarily the gold standard in medical research and that there could be more efficient and effective methods simply if they were properly developed. Alternative methods for animal testing where neither animals or humans are harmed in any way have been introduced. But they are not yet reliable enough to use. This due to the fact that they have not been developed enough because of the fact that using animals instead is still legal. Therefore companies will not put money into research and development of different methods. Cell models that can imitate a living organism, recreating bodies on chips using nanotechnology. These are just a couple of promising alternatives to animal testing that could even provide companies and researchers with better results.