Day 41 - What is animal testing?
Day 41 - What is animal testing?
Animal testing is cruel, inaccurate, and expensive. Many people think it is unethical yet necessary. However, this is not true. We do not have to depend on animals to test our medicines or cosmetics. One of the reasons that people believe in animal testing is that it is scientific. However, if it is not accurate, is it still scientific? Do you really think this is good for us? Or do you think some pet owners are being too sensitive about it and making a big deal out of something so small? Since this is such a hot potato nowadays, there are lots of questions you should ask yourself. First of all, animal testing is unnecessary and useless. Almost 80% of medicines tested on animals have failed to cure people's illnesses, and those tests did not provide accurate results about the effectiveness of medicines. This is not surprising since humans and animals have different physiology. It is impossible to predict how medicines would work for humans after observing animals' reactions.
Second, there are other scientific methods to use. We live in a world where technology is advancing and developing every day. There are new and better ways to check medicines or any other products. The tissue culture method, tissue engineering techniques and test tube cultures are alternatives that some companies are already using. Instead of wasting lots of money on animal testing, companies should invest more money to find and develop other testing systems.
Third, animal testing can be very dangerous and harmful to people. Have you ever wondered how these dead animals are treated? In most cases, they are just thrown away or buried in the ground without any supervision. This could absolutely destroy our environment and ecosystem. Also, if people eat crops from polluted soil, our health could be endangered. Not only that, but tested animals could cause a mutation which is a very serious issue. The whole purpose of animal testing is to benefit humans; however, ironically it is threatening our lives in so many ways now. Finally, I would like to conclude with my belief, which is that every living creature has a right to live and must be valued. We must remember that even though animals are speechless, they can still feel pain. Millions of animals die every year due to animal testing, and we are responsible for those numbers. Who is letting this happen? We are because we do not speak up. Even if your hearts are in the right place, if we don’t say anything or do anything, then this mistreatment will continue. It is time that we put our foot down and make some changes. This is not a matter of whether it is necessary or not. It is a matter of what is right or wrong. Thank you for listening.
1. "hot potato" : a controversial issue that involves unpleasant or dangerous consequences for anyone dealing with it
2. "your hearts are in the right place" : the person has good intentions
3. "put our foot down" : to be serious and not give in to someone else’s demands or feelings
Discussion Questions수업 시간에 꼭 다루는 질문들이에요.
1.What is animal testing?
2. What do people usually test on animals?
3. Why do you think scientists test medicines or cosmetics on animals?
4. Do you think animal testing is cruel? Would you stop animal testing if you could?
5. Do you think animal testing is beneficial for people? How so?
6.Do you think animals have less value than human beings? Do animals have the right not to be tested on?