Animal Testing Alternatives are the critical way forward

Introduction

Animal testing is a controversial topic. People on both sides of the fence have strong opinions and arguments, but it seems like most people agree that alternatives to animal testing should be explored. This article will serve as a guide for other options to animal testing and why they matter. We’ll also discuss companies that still use animals in their research and what you can do about it.

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What is animal testing?

Animal testing is exactly what it sounds like. Scientists test products on animals, usually, rats and mice, because they are the most common lab animals. This can be done in various ways, including forcing them to ingest chemicals or exposing their eyes to UV light.

  • The point is to see if these substances have any negative effects—mutations, death, tumors, etc.—or simply just how much can be used before something happens.
  • Animals are not humans so obviously there needs to be some sort of alternative method that will provide researchers with more accurate results about potential hazards for us as people without having animal suffer needlessly along the way.
  • There’s no reason why our furry friends should have to endure unnecessary pain in the name of science when alternatives are out there.

What are alternatives to animal testing?

There are many alternatives to animal testing, so many that one could probably write an entire book about it! We will go over some significant options here and discuss their benefits versus drawbacks for this article.

  • The main alternatives include: artificial human tissue, computer modeling software, microdosing, in vitro techniques (testing on cells), scanning/imaging technology like MRI’s or x-rays.
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Artificial Human Tissue

This involves growing skin cultures from donated tissues which can be used for skin irritation tests, eye irritation tests, etc. This is an excellent alternative to animal testing because it provides accurate results without any animals being harmed or put at risk for anything wrong happening to them.

  • It actually helps scientists by providing more data points instead of just one rodent-sized test subject. Plus skin cells are easy to grow in a laboratory setting!
  • The downside? Researchers aren’t always able to get the same combination of cell types that could be found on actual human skin, therefore making this method less effective than others since there’s no real way around the alternatives yet other than growing your own tissue from donated cells which can take months before you even have enough sample size for testing—time researchers don’t always have.

Computer Modeling Software

Using computer modeling software is an excellent alternative to animal testing because it provides accurate results without any animals being harmed or put at risk for anything wrong happening to them.

  • It actually helps scientists by providing more data points instead of just one rodent-sized test subject, because they can run tests on countless variations in a matter of hours versus days/weeks with alternatives like artificial human tissue. Plus there are no ethical concerns since this option still exists within the confines of your computer screen!
  • The downside? There’s not enough research yet that proves these alternatives are effective—in fact most researchers argue that they don’t work compared to real life testing methods which provide better explanations about how chemicals interact with our bodies and what happens when something goes wrong.
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In Vitro Techniques (Cell Testing)

This is an excellent alternative to animal testing because it provides accurate results without any animals being harmed or put at risk for anything wrong happening to them.

  • It actually helps scientists by providing more data points instead of just one rodent-sized test subject, plus there are no ethical concerns since this option still exists within the confines of your petri dish!
  • The downside? There’s not enough research yet that proves these alternatives are effective–in fact most researchers argue that they don’t work compared with real life testing methods which provide better explanations about how chemicals interact with our bodies and what happens when something goes wrong.
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Microdosing

This involves giving humans doses so small (as in microscopic) they won’t affect us but can be replicated on lab rats so scientists can get an idea of what happens to us when we ingest chemicals over time. It’s like trying out a new hair dye or makeup before you commit, except this is used for potentially toxic substances!

  • This alternative actually helps scientists by providing more data points instead of just one rodent-sized test subject and it doesn’t cause any animals undue harm since the doses are so miniscule that they will not affect them at all (except maybe in terms of how well their coats shine).
  • The downside? There’s no ethical concerns since small doses have little effect on human beings but give researchers high accuracy about the side effects down the road—plus this method still has yet to be proven effective enough compared with alternatives which provide better explanations about how chemicals interact with our bodies and what happens when something goes wrong.

Why alternatives to animal testing matter

Animal testing alternatives are essential because they help scientists make informed decisions about chemicals that could harm humans or animals instead of making assumptions based on one rodent-sized test subject!

  • Alternatives provide accurate results without any animals being harmed or put at risk for anything bad happening to them.
  • The alternatives listed above all have their own pros and cons but this is a good start in raising awareness of why alternatives matter–and how we can stop animal testing altogether by using alternatives that actually work versus doing nothing at all.

What companies use animal testing

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has compiled a list of companies that sell products that they claim to contain ingredients tested on animals. The organization, which opposes animal testing, compiled the list to pressure these companies to stop their practice and not use any other company’s products that have been tested on animals.

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Some of these companies include:

– Estee Lauder

– Chanel

– Lancôme

– Yves Saint Laurent

– L’Oréal

– Kiehl’s

– La Roche Posay

-“MonaVie” ® Juices

-“SkinMedica” ®

– Mary Kay

– Proctor & Gamble (Bain de Terre)

– Unilever (Axe products)

– Olay (certain products)

– Urban Decay.

Please note that this list is not all-inclusive and that PETA continues to research other companies’ animal testing policies to update the list as needed. If you would like to help PETA fight for animals, please support them!

Conclusion

Animal testing is a topic that generates much debate. Some people believe it’s necessary for medical research, while others think the practice should stop altogether because of ethical concerns and scientific limitations. The truth is, animal models are often wrong when predicting how humans will respond to treatments or drugs (and they can even be misleading).

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