Animal Testing Speech

"Humans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry." This quote by Steven Spielberg refers to the millions of animals that are killed every year due to unecessary testing.

How many of you here have animals at home? I myself have several dogs at home that I love dearly. Occasionaly, one of them will get sick and the vet will give me a liquid medicine to give them. Now, my dogs will not drink this voluntarily so the vet gives me a little syringe to put in the corner of my dogs mouth to make them swallow it. I feel bad enough forcing my dogs to take something that will help them. I can't imagine trying to force something down their throat to hurt them., which is what scientists do to thousands of animals every day. Today, Im here to convice you that testing on animals for the purpose of humans is wrong, unnecessary and also inaccurate. What I want to talk about over the next couple of minutes is, first, how inacurrate it is. Second, why it is wrong and unnecessary, and, third why it must change. They question on many peoples minds- should animal testing be legal? Yes or no? Lets start with the facts.

"I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers." This is a quote by an unknown author refering to the inaccuracy of animal testing. So why do companys and industrys spend thousands of dollars a year on these tests?, that is something i would like to know. Rodents are almost always the animals used in cancer research, however, rats are only 37% effective in determining the cause of cancer in humans. You could flip a coin and be more accurate. Also, less than 2% of human illnesses are ever seen in animals. 95% of drugs passed by animal tests are immediatly discarded as useless or dangerous to humans and 90% of animal test results are discarded as they are inapplicable to man. If this is the case, then why are the drugs even experimented with in the first place? With so many misleading factors, I don't understand how anyone can think that these experiments are alright.

Many people say that few animals feel pain because they are killed before they have chance to suffer. First of all, while being locked up and suffering tremendous stress, how do we know they dont feel pain? And second, how is buring an animal alive not inflicting pain and suffering? Animal testing is wrong and completely unnecessary. There are successful alternatives that have been used many times before such as test tube studies on human tissues and cells. The Director of Research Defense Society, which researches and tests animals "only when there is no alternative", was asked if medical progress could have been achieved without animal use. His reply? "I am sure it could be." Clearly, this shows how even some researchers and scientist know how uneccesary animal testing is, yet, they continue to do it.

The legallity of animal testing needs to change because of its inacurrate and unnecessary objective. Animals are evidently different from humans in many ways and an animals response to a drug can be different than a humans. Deaths that are caused through testing and research are absolutely unnecessary and are morally no different from murder.

Today you have heard some of the facts of animal testing and some of my opinions and the opinions of others. Testing animals for the sake of humans is wrong, unnecessary, inaccurate and needs to be banned. I ask you to think about what I have said as I leave you with this quote by Charles Magel, "Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: "Because the animals are like us." Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: "Because the animals are not like us." Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction."