ANIMAL TESTING AND COGNITIVE DRUGS
Animal testing should be banned for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons is cruelty, and the other reason is that there exists no real advantage to animals testing since they are not equal to human beings. The other reason is that there exists another method which is widely available which do not entail cruel treating of animals.
Testing on animals as well as the use of cognitive drugs on animals is cruel and results to stress in the animals (DeGrazia, 691). They are locked in cages where they are poked and prodded for long hours. While animals cannot be compared to human beings regarding intelligence, it is proven that they are also intelligent by their standards. Most of the animals can be trained and display a character which indicates feelings of emotions, pain, and stress or fear (DeGrazia, 692). It is obvious and expected that animals are likely to get stressed when kept in cages all day alone and forced to face painful tests. On the contrary, animals should be left to roam freely and experience the healthy life they were born to enjoy. While they can neither speak nor express their feelings in words, they possess some intelligence and hence their rights ought to be safeguarded by getting rid of unnecessary and inappropriate animal testing.
Other than cruelty in animal tests, there is no real significance in executing tests on animals and administering cognitive drugs. Since the animal anatomy can be likened to, it is not homologous that of human beings. This, therefore, means that no real findings can be obtained for human study through animal testing (DeGrazia, 690-691). The human anatomy is complicated in comparison to that of animals used in tests such as mice and rats. While people have similar body systems as to mammalian animals, they do not share similar effects or reactions to medical tests (DeGrazia, 691). In actual sense, the thought that human beings would portray same results as to those of animals can be dangerous.
Conclusively, it is a cruel act testing on animals as it leads to fear, pain and stress. The tests are also administered without the consent of animals. Such tests are significantly inconclusive since humans have different anatomy in comparison to animals and therefore, the results obtained cannot be a reflection of what would be expected in a human body. Lastly, there are other techniques available which provide more reliable and accurate results. Based upon these arguments, it is conclusive that animal testing ought to be eliminated as it is ineffective and inhumane.
DeGrazia, David. “The 37 Ethics of Animal Research.” The Animal Ethics Reader (2016): 321.