Stop Animal Testing

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Jayleen C., Staff Writer

      Do you use deodorant or shampoo on a daily basis? What about make-up, lotions, and skincare? Do you ever wonder how scientists know if a product is safe to use on humans? Save Ralph is a stop motion mockumentary animated short film written and directed by Spencer Susser. Taika Waititi stars as Ralph, a tester rabbit who explains the horrid reality about what goes on behind the ingredient testing of your daily products.

      While it contributes to life-saving cures and treatments, animal testing is undoubtedly cruel and inhumane. Animals are forced to undergo tests that likely to cause them pain, suffering, distress, or lasting harm. Eating or inhaling substances, having them rubbed onto their skin or injected into their bodies, are some of the methods of animal testing. These innocent animals do not have rights, therefore it is acceptable to experiment on them. Unfortunately, only 5% of animals used in experiments are protected by US law. In addition, the Animal Welfare Act has not succeeded in preventing horrific cases of animal abuse in research laboratories. Furthermore, animals are very different from human beings and therefore make poor test subjects. Therefore, these animal tests do not reliably predict results in human beings and may mislead researchers into ignoring potential cures and treatments. Most experiments involving animals are flawed, wasting the lives of the animal subjects. 

      Every day, there is increasing demand for cruelty-free products as more people come to their senses about the horrors of animal testing. Not only are scientists now able to test vaccines on human volunteers, but alternative testing methods now exist that can replace the need for animals. Medical breakthroughs involving animal research can still be made without the use of animals. You can help by stopping the consumption of products that test on animals.