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Kimberly Herrera

on 23 October 2013

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Transcript of ANIMAL CRUELTY

~ Each year in the U.S., an estimated 20 million animals are abused for cruel teaching exercises, despite the existence of superior non-animal teaching tools. About half of them are killed and used for classroom dissection; others are tormented while they're still alive in classroom biology and psychology experiments and cut apart in medical training drills.
~ More than 100 million animals every year suffer and die in cruel chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics tests as well as in biology lessons, medical training exercises, and curiosity-driven medical experiments at universities.
Counterclaim and Rebuttal
Counterclaim ~ If we can't experiment on animals, who are we going to experiment on? Humans?

Rebuttal~ The fact is that we already do test new drugs on people. No matter how many animal tests are undertaken, someone will always be the first human to be tested on.Because animal tests are so unreliable, they make those human trials all the more risky
Animal cruelty is a growing problem in today's society and should be stopped. One of the most controversial and unnoticed types of animal cruelty is animal experimentation. It causes innocent lives to be lost. Animals feel pain too, nothing in this world should have to suffer.
No animal should suffer, they have feelings too.
We all have or have had pets in our lives or know someone who does. Think about it, what if it was YOUR pet being tortured. How would you feel? Imagine how these poor cute bunnies feel?
Third reason-
It's just not worth it.

Studies published in prestigious medical journals have shown time and time again that animal experimenters are often wasting lives—both animal and human—and precious resources by trying to infect animals with diseases that they would never normally contact. Animal tests do not reliably predict outcomes in humans.
The only U.S. law that governs the use of animals in laboratories—the Animal Welfare Act—allows animals to be burned, shocked, poisoned, isolated, starved, forcibly restrained, addicted to drugs, and brain-damaged. No experiment, no matter how painful or trivial, is prohibited – and pain-killers are not even required.
Animal rights teach us that certain things are wrong as a matter of principle. These rights make us aware of the morally wrong things that have been done to animals.
The Way out
Call to Action
1. The best way to stop companies from using animals is to refuse to purchase their products and to write and tell them why you won't be applying their eye shadow, cleaning your clothes with their detergent, or washing your hair with their shampoo. Companies like Urban Decay are able to meet the cruelty free requirements.
2. Support PETA, PETA is an association against animal cruelty.
3. Step up and speak. Don't let animal cruelty go unheard. Report it to a local animal shelter or animal cruelty hotline.
"If we didn't use animals, we'd have to test new drugs on people." We already test on humans. The FDA has noted that 92 percent of all drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animal tests fail in human trials because they don’t work or are dangerous.
Expert Opinion
"Animals are here for humans to use. If we have to sacrifice 1,000 or 100,000 animals in the hope of benefiting one child, it's worth it."
If experimenting on one intellectually-disabled person could benefit 1,000 children, would we do it? Of course not! Ethics dictate that the value of each life in and of itself cannot be superseded by its potential value to anyone else.
Expert Opinions
From our field search we analyzed that 70 percent have or have had pets or know someone who has pets. They all believe animals have feelings.
Many of the people we interviewed have witnessed animal cruelty but have not reported it.
Most of those surveyed believe animals have rights and shouldn't be mistreated.
Case Studies
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