The success stories highlight the progress that is being made in non-animal testing and with more awareness that will, in turn create more awareness then these success stories will continue to expand and grow.
For a considerable period of time the perception that animal testing is crucial to medical science has been instilled in our minds. But how effective and dependable is animal research and at what cost to not only animals but to humans as well?
There is an increasing movement of healthcare professionals who are against any animal based experimentation for medical and scientific purposes. Furthermore, it is believed that animal testing is based on false postulation to the extent that results obtained from animal research are irrelevant or inappropriate for application to the human body.
It is evident that animals not only have different reactions to different drugs, vaccines and experiments in comparison with human beings but there are also different reactions within each animal too. Human health has suffered, and continues to do so, as a conclusion to this ignorance and practice.
One of the most known examples of this dangerous animal testing is the Thalidomide catastrophe which occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. Prior to this, Thalidomide had been safely tested on thousands of animals so proceeded to be marketed as an ideal sedative for pregnant mothers with no worry of harm being experienced by mother or child. Yet a minimum of 10,000 children were born throughout the world with severe deformities. This was the result of “safety testing”on animals.
Another drug that was safety tested on animals and proved to be disastrous was Clioquinol. This drug was marketed as a safe solution for diarrhea in the 1970s, being produced inJapan. However, not only did this drug prove ineffective but it actually caused diarrhea concluding in around 30,000 cases of blindness and/or paralysis as well as thousands of deaths.
Despite the fact that pharmaceuticals are systematically tested on animals, in America it is known that about100,000 people each year are killed as well as around 2 million people being referred to hospital after the use of prescription drugs that have been administered as prescribed.
Furthermore, four out of every ten patients who take a prescribed drug can expect to experience marked side effects or worse according to the British Medical Journal.
It has also been revealed that animals are not reliable models for cancer in humans. This is due to the fact that animals are not susceptible to and do not suffer the same diseases as humans. Consequently, animal research attempts to treat the artificially induced symptoms of human cancer which will not prove an effective test. Similarly, experimental treatments and drugs that have been found to be efficient in animal testing does not necessarily mean it will be as effective on people which has all too often proved to be the case.
The progress that has been made with AIDS has emanated from clinical investigation on humans by way of cell and tissue culture research. Despite this progress, animal testing continues to be used even though animals do not exhibit the same AIDS virus as human beings.
It is strongly believed that for medical progress to be made, human medicine should not involve veterinary species as this is a treacherous and unstable way to proceed.
Not only does animal testing offer misleading and confusing outcomes, scientific precision is also lacking. So, by abolishing animal research this could mean that the resources could be better input into prevention and the various types of medical research that could actually advance human medicine and enhance human health.