The issue concerning animal testing is quite disputable. There are many who protest practice of animal experimentation. The statistics is horrible indeed. It is believed that over 100 million of animals are tested annually. And it seems really terrible. At the same time it is impossible to avoid animal testing practice. It is believed that animal testing is used to save humans from diseases. Well, it is wonderful indeed. But the price is too high, don’t you think so? And one could hardly justify the practice of testing cosmetics. So called the Draize Test is used to test cosmetics. Tested animals are conscious. As the rule scientists test skin or eye reaction of cosmetics they are testing. Usually they use albino rabbits. I could hardly justify this type of testing. Fine, I’m ready to accept the practice in case there in no way to solve the problem. At the same time they test not only rats and mice as we used to think. Quite often they use cats, dogs, primates, rabbits. And to tell the truth the numbers of tested animals are shocking. Thus it is said that in 2000 scientists tested over 25 000 cats in the States.
I can hardly tell you if I’m okay with it. I mean if it is really helpful it could be fine. But all these animals are suffering. And I do not believe those scientists who try to persuade us that the animals are not suffering. It is ridiculous. By the way animal rights activists are sure that benefits from the tests are not proven. Even some scientists do not accept this practice.
At the same time it seems like there is no way out. They say if scientists stop doing animal tests then they have to use human beings. The issue is quite controversial.