Animal testing has been documented since the Greeks wrote about it in the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE. Animal testing is used for a variety of purposes: discovering side effects and uses of medications, practicing medical experiments, testing cosmetics and vaccinations, among others. People who oppose to animal testing date back to the 1600s, including when physiologist Edmund O’Meara said of animal testing: “The miserable torture of vivisection places the body in an unnatural state.” In the 1860s, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded, and many people have been working tirelessly to end unnecessary testing and other cruelties to animals. If you don’t understand why people are so passionate about ending animal testing, these ten facts will get you up to speed.
It Happens More Than You Think
Over 100 million animals including rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, cats, and dogs are subjected to painful and cruel chemical and cosmetic testing each year.
Animal Testing Isn’t Relevant to Human Products
92% of drugs that are passed in animal testing trials fail in human testing trials which means the results they get from animals aren’t associated with the results humans get.