People who have a family pet would probably not want him or her to be tested on in a lab. But people with sick relatives are often desperate for a cure. Sometimes animal testing is the only way to find this cure, even if millions of animal lives are sacrificed in the process. Animal testing means using animals with DNA similar to humans to test a drug’s effectiveness. Testing on dogs, mice, monkeys, rabbits, and more account for 5% of all medical advancements. So is it worth it? Should it be okay to test on animals?
PETA, a well-known animal rights advocate, says that animals should not be tested on. About 100 million animals a year are tested on, or, as PETA says, “tormented and killed.” They argue that in cases such as the drugs Vioxx, Rezullin, and Propulsid, the drugs were considered safe in testing with animals. But when they went out on the market, they were proven to be lethal to humans. More than 60,000 people died from Vioxx, which was proven safe with animals. The genetics in people and animals, though similar, are different enough for deadly results. PETA points out that “of all drugs proven safe in animal testing, 92% fail in human trials because they don’t work or are dangerous.” This is again because of how animals are different from humans. So it means that 92% of the 100 million animals tested on go through all that trouble only to create a drug that does not work. PETA argues further that from an economic perspective, $16 billion are “wasted” on animal testing. Any scientific experiment costs money, but the money for these experiments comes from the National Institute of Health. It comes from taxpayers. So these $16 billion that go to creating a medicine that doesn’t work are coming from the American people. These are $16 billion in a time of economic distress.
P. Michael Conn and James U. Parker argue that “Extremist animal rights activists are terrorists.” They say that...