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Vivisection is A Necessary Evil, Why?

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Human Lacks Humane Qualities?

The word ‘vivisection,’ in simple terms, refers to animal experimentation. However, it has a more in-depth meaning concerning the physical pain, denial, and the mental and emotional distress of the animals tortured during experiments. A vast number of dogs, cats, rats, rabbits, birds, fish, and reptiles lose their lives for the sake of scientific advancement. Vivisection is a necessary evil and cruel practice as it takes away the innocent organisms’ right to life.

Is Animal Experimentation Necessary?

A prevailing myth is that animal experimentation is necessary to make drugs, cosmetics, and all lifestyle products. In fact, the outer world is oblivious to what happens in the laboratory.
We always depend on science for inspiration, information, and solutions. Science emphasizes discovery and innovations by replacing ignorance and superstitions with knowledge. But through animal experimentation, the concept of science itself gets questioned. The scientific investigation that abuses innocent animals as objects of cruel experiments is neither an innovation nor an indication of knowledge. Just like human beings, animals too are unique in their own way. So, they deserve respect and good treatment. We should think of progression in science without hurting animals. Vivisection is a necessary evil, and modern science should be able to find out a more humane method.

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Figures show numbers of animals bred for procedures that were killed or died without being used
Credit: University of Oxford

Use of Animals in Science

Certain household products, labeled as “antibacterial” agents, require animal testing initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Similarly, personal care products intended for curative use like anti-dandruff shampoos must meet the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration. It requires product testing on animals. Companies conduct product testing on animals in order to ensure safety, efficacy, and liability.
Product testing on animals alone does not ensure that products are safe for humans. Even though there are many nonanimal testing methods, still many companies prefer such cruel methods.

Vivisection and Cosmetic Testing

People repeatedly prefer cosmetics and personal care products, which they find are safe for their family members. Cosmetic testing on animals intends to determine whether the material will cause an allergic reaction if applied to the skin or they cause irritation to the skin or eyes.
The use of animals for cosmetic testing came as a result of the consumer’s preference and trust. Companies started animal experimentation to ensure the safety of these products on consumers. Companies rely on animal testing as legal protection against a lawsuit if a product causes damage to a person. They may use the animal test as evidence to denote their diligence in carrying out safety tests.

Vivisection: Some Alternatives

Despite the technological advancements, universities and laborites use millions of animals for research purposes. Animals are used in research in various ways such as a stand-in for humans in biomedical research.

The inhuman practice of animal experimentation questions our moral soundness. Just like humans, animals, too, have the right to live. To make a cruel free environment for animals, we can follow the three Rs:
Replace: – Alternative techniques must be developed to replace animals in any experiment.
Reduce: – We must reduce the number of animals used in research or an experiment.
Refine: – We must define how we should treat animals. Animals must be treated with care and affection. Even if we are using them for experiments, we should protect them from injury and death.
Above all, we must keep in mind that animals, too, feel pain and fear. In fact, we can express our emotions, but they can not. Innovations are necessary but not at the cost of their life. So we must follow an ethical approach. in short, vivisection is a necessary evil that questions human dignity.

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