Fish are Friends, Not Test Subjects

Olivia Moase, Staff Writer

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Cosmetic testing is a serious and debatable topic everyone chooses to have a viewpoint over. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearly states, “Cosmetics are articles intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.” SO, why do we have to use or test these products on animals? We’re still going to test it on animals even though nine out of ten experimental drugs fail in clinical studies because we cannot accurately predict how they will behave in people based on laboratory and animal studies.

Each year, more than 100 million animals, including rats, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds are killed in U.S. laboratories. Cosmetic tests play a big part in those. This isn’t something that can be done in the blink of an eye because a complete ban on selling animal-tested cosmetic products in the U.S. could be harmful to our economy. The harm that is committed against animals should not be minimized because they are not considered to be human. Animal testing should be eliminated because it eliminates animal’s rights. There are other ways to test products in different ways.