Animal Testing: Is there a moral solution?

By Nefeli Georgilas, reporter

Animal testing has always been a controversial topic. From testing beauty products, to models for vaccination practice, or to generally broaden scientists’ minds on how to fight disease and understand biology with greater depth. Nevertheless, the same question seems to prevail: What is the best solution for both humans and animals, if any at all?

No matter how cruel animal testing may be, it was and will continue to be extremely crucial to help humanity advance both technologically and medicinally. Without animal testing in place, will skin care products’ shelf life decrease? “I’m not sure about that,” said Lizett Monge-Ocampo, a sophomore at Spring Valley High School, “it honestly depends on which products are being tested on humans and which are not tested at all. We can’t have no testing happening. That might not kill the animals but it will certainly kill us, and it’s completely illegal either way,” said Monge-Ocampo. Even on a smaller scale of products sold locally, the danger and unpredictability of some of these products may be able to extinguish the power of the beauty industry, or eliminate it all together. After all, it’s hard to trust a product that ‘may or may not’ cause you more damage. No individual will take a risk of possibly hurting themselves or being inflicted by a long-term, sometimes even fatal condition because of simply using makeup.

Some exceptions to this are the recent Covid testings. But do those provide a good foundation for whether human testing should be implemented into daily life? “I believe human testing on Covid vaccines was very different from anything I’ve seen happening in the testing department. I think that in this situation it was needed, because maybe operating on a guinea pig or a mouse wouldn’t bring satisfactory or a good basis for results. I still don’t feel like human testing should be applied to every part of medicinal treatments because that’s very risky and can be really dangerous,” said Michelle Georgilas.

As predicted, the risk only takes a larger toll on human life if humans were to be completely exposed to what could be a toxic material. Nevertheless, although there seems to be no compromise, a combination of both animal and human testing would be satisfactory. Humans may be subjects for less harmful, skin-care products and will be exposed to small, calculated doses of each. Animals may be used for testing vaccines or medicines, as those may be particularly harmful. However, this approach is not ideal, as scientists may not know of harmful chemicals that are existing even in skincare products, so the experiment must be completely voluntary on the subject’s side.

Animal testing is a controversial practice performed on animals either for the advancement of science or for cosmetics.

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