Animal Testing has been a controversial topic for as long as we can remember, but it never seems to end. Why is that so? We'll touch upon the borderline ethics of animal testing as well as some basic information our committee has to provide.
Anti-animal testing has filled Instagram feeds, made headlines, and become cosmetic firms’ latest addition to their websites ever since graphic images have been spread that question its ethicality. The globally-known issue is defined as any procedure conducted on animals for a purpose of research, and ever since the 18th century its unethicality has stricken many conversations.
Though most people are not in favor of its brutal nature, the major controversy still has practitioners who prefer the testing method. To stop this action altogether, people argue that the selfishness of researchers should justify them taking advantage of an animal’s inability to give consent, no matter how useful they might be in providing applicable information. This means that in any terms, an animal should not be necessary to research the safety of a product or its possible side effects.
However, in reality, it is challenging to draw a distinctive borderline of its usage. Animal testing is not just used for cosmetic products but also for medicine that directly affects human health. For instance, as the COVID-19 pandemic arose with its SARS-CoV-2 virus, animal testing is being conducted numerous times in order to understand the virus and develop the vaccine. It was vital to see how the virus and its vaccine would work on animals to make it applicable to more complex organisms like humans. As demonstrated, animal testing is challenging to be banned unconditionally as it involves complex ethical considerations of balancing the potential benefits of medical advancements and the ethical treatments of animals.
With animal testing being such a challenging problem the current society is facing, the HS Social Justice Committee has explored various aspects of it during the second semester. We also expanded our knowledge to raise awareness among the high school student body by hosting a social justice assembly last Friday. This set of slides have the compiled research, so please take a look at this for more information!