ANIMALS ARE ALSO BEINGS, NOT OBJECTS TO BE EXPERIMENTED
Updated: Aug 21, 2020
It is well truly said that “speak for those who can’t speak for themselves”.
But then also 60% of the animals are used for the experimentation or the biomedical research. All people have different opinions or the feelings for the animals, many look upon the animals as their companions while others look upon them as an object to advance their research. Although humans often benefit from successful animal experimentation but the suffering, the pain, and the deaths of such animals are not value the possible human benefits. Therefore, animals should not be used in research or to test the safety of products or the vaccines.
LAWS FOR THE ANIMALS
Animals also have the rights as we humans have, for animals there is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,1960 which was enacted to prevent the unnecessary pain or the sufferings on the animals. Animals also have the basic moral right for respectful treatment as we humans have. Animals can also feel, think, experience pain, behave like the humans do. So why, animals are still treated as an object to be used or to be experimented. Animals do not willingly sacrifice themselves for the advancements of new technology or the human welfare. Their decisions are made for them just because they cannot speak for their rights it doesn’t mean they don’t have rights. The sufferings and the pain that an animal goes through experimentation is not worthy any possible benefits to humans. It is mentioned in Indian Constitution, Article 51(G) that “it shall be the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, wildlife and rivers , and to have compassion for living creatures”. And not only this, the Government of India also enacted the Wildlife Protection Act,1972 with the motive to effectively protect the wildlife of this country. But irony is that they are still used in the laboratory research where they are subjected to painful and frequently deadly experiments. Two of the most commonly used tests are Draize test and LD50 test ,both of which are famous for intense pain and suffering upon the animals. The Draize test has been disapproved for being unreliable and an unnecessary waste of animal life. The LD50 test is used to test the amount of a substance that is necessary to cause death in fifty percent of the animal subjects within a certain amount of time.
ANIMAL TESTING ON PRODUCTS
Talking about the animal testing on the products, it is completely unnecessary because alternatives are available. There can be the use of natural products rather than experimenting on animals. Researchers can also use the artificial skin to test the credibility of the product. Testing on animals is totally unnecessary.
PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATIONS FILED:
Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), an animal welfare group, has filed a PIL against Residents Welfare Associations (RWA).
Ms. Sangeeta Dogra filed a PIL in supreme Court against Central Zoo Authority.
The PIL was also filed by an NGO Angel Trust that the current Prevention of Cruelty to animals Act does not identify animal cruelty as a penal offense.
The Conclusion of all is that animal testing should be abolished because it violates the animals' rights, it causes pain and suffering to the experimental animals, and other means of testing product toxicity are available. Humans cannot validate making life better for themselves by randomly brutalizing thousands of animals per year to perform experiments or to test products. Animals should be treated with respect and pride, and this right to decent treatment is not maintained when animals are exploited for selfish human welfare. After all, humans are animals too.