Home > The Basics > Facts About Animal Testing

Facts About Animal Testing

By: Ian Murnaghan BSc (hons), MSc - Updated: 6 Sep 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
Animal Testing Quick Facts Controversy

Animal testing involves a lot of controversy and confusion regarding its practices, implementation and monitoring. Conflicting opinions and exaggerated information can also compound the confusion. It's helpful to examine some of the most important facts to better understand the different aspects of animal testing. This means that you can make a more Informed Decision regarding your stance on animal testing and which aspects, if any, that you support. It also means that your understanding can allow you to actively participate in any discussion about animal testing as well as contribute to organisations that have a focus related to animal testing, whether the organisation supports or condemns the practice.

Fast Facts

Animal testing is used to assess the Safety and Effectiveness of Drugs as well as understand how the human body functions. It is also used for education and training.

Animal testing is used for research, typically in a laboratory environment.

Those who defend animal testing do so for its impact on medicine and health. Animal testing is held particularly important for its contribution to the development of insulin, antibiotics, vaccines and drugs with high mortality rates such as cancer. They cite the suffering and loss of life for animals to be worth the enhancement in human health and the reduction of human suffering. At this time, they don't believe that Alternatives to Animal Testing are sufficient to replace the whole organism in all cases.

Those who are against animal testing cite it as a hurtful, cruel and scientifically lacking practice. They also claim that the benefits are often misconstrued. They believe that alternatives such as cellular or computer models are sufficient enough to replace animal models.

A key point of debate in animal testing is the inability of animals to give informed consent. Animal rights activists often cite that human experimentation is appropriate specifically because of this informed consent.

Animal testing can occur virtually anywhere in the research process although it usually does occur prior to drug testing in humans. It may, however, also occur after a human trial.

Animal testing for cosmetics is banned in the United Kingdom (UK). Non-cosmetics animal testing in the UK is strictly regulated and monitored. The government assesses the level of severity of animal testing under the bands mild, moderate, substantial or unclassified.

  • Internationally, animal tests are used for everything from drugs to cosmetics.
  • In the UK, universities are the top users of animal testing, followed by private companies, charities and the government.
  • Primates and other mammals are the least commonly used animals for testing in the UK. Primates do, however, remain one of the most controversial animals used for testing purposes.
  • In the UK, millions in estimated damages are caused each year to property by animal rights activists. Millions are also spent each year on policing and preventing damage.
  • The vast majority of medical treatments you have used were, at one point, tested on animals.
  • In the UK, the majority of animals used for testing purposes are rats.

Making a Choice

Animal testing is riddled with debate and misconceptions, both on the sides of animal testing supporters and those who are against it. Aim to learn more about the facts of animal testing so that you can make an informed decision regarding its benefit and validity in your life.

What to Read Next...

If you would like to explore more animal testing facts read our article on Quick Statistics on Animal Testing.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
I lIkE AnImAlz fOr My LuNcH (; yUmZ but please dont twest on dem ;( okie baey (:
laineybob(: for the - 6-Sep-19 @ 9:30 AM
hi my name is billi an i tink aniamnl tesiting is verrrrrrrry bad. my d.ogg sparky crys at me every tiem i watch sarah mclachlan dog ads and it makes me crie to. ifyou car about ur dog sarky then dont ssupport andimal testing. thaks bie
billi - 25-Jun-19 @ 8:48 PM
Testing on animals is good. We are the superior species so we should be able to test on animals. I once put a rat in a bottle of doctor pepper and it died and it was funny. And then I ate it with 2 pieces of bread and then regurgitated it and fed it to my dog (which is blind because I tested on it aswell)
Animal Tester - 5-Jun-19 @ 11:56 AM
we gotta get dose protests on animal testing gone animal testing is useful and necessary
allie - 2-May-19 @ 7:29 PM
I love animals i cannot live widout cake gimme it otherwise y'all not gonna live we need cakeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
pOsT mAn(NiBbA) PaT - 29-Mar-19 @ 2:40 PM
We should all chicken so Nibbas can't eat fried chicken wings
DEestroy al Nibba - 28-Mar-19 @ 1:35 PM
We should do animal testing yaayyy because spider bit spiderman whih made him sick and made him spiderman and he saves the world he kill humans :(
Peereatscrap - 28-Mar-19 @ 1:32 PM
Animals testing is wronge I am doing a school pbl on this and the things that happen are so wrong
Picked - 26-Mar-19 @ 2:17 AM
don't hurt animals please.I MEAN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lilipop - 18-Mar-19 @ 3:06 PM
STOP TESTING ON ANIMALS PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
klm - 12-Feb-19 @ 2:36 PM
dogs should not get killed and they are testing products that we use in our house on animals like windex and tide on animals so stop using them !!!!11
klm - 5-Feb-19 @ 2:46 PM
@jiselle187 yes that is true but testing on anything living should be banned no matter if it is a human or not if it is living it should not be tested on. If they want to test on something, they could either test on fake hair and skin or nothing at all
jggff - 13-Dec-18 @ 2:21 PM
oh so you want them to test on humans and cut us open?
gisellel187 - 6-Nov-18 @ 6:28 PM
I personally fink tha its not a good ting deffo don't agree wiv tha typa stuf
lisha - 25-May-18 @ 11:56 AM
Animal testing should be used for experiments because it gives an accurate method, enhance scientific learning, and expands the medical treatment.
fastswimmmer - 25-Apr-18 @ 5:04 AM
imagine if your in a animals shoes and you cant do anything and your about to be cut open and killed havent we done enough testing now its just for fun
ownie - 6-Apr-18 @ 9:35 PM
these animal dont deserve to die. Could you imagine being a defenceless little animal bred and born only to be cut open, injected and electrocuted until you die? 3.8 million Animals are being tested on in the UK alone; this is around 1 animal every 8 seconds.
skye roberts - 22-Mar-18 @ 3:13 PM
it is so sad these days way animal testing
cookies - 24-Jan-18 @ 5:30 PM
just because these animals can't communicate with us doesn't mean that they should die because we want to know if a drug is safe or not. I don't know why we have to kill these living things when they have the same right to life as all humans do, if we can live a nice peaceful life then why can't they?
josh - 21-Jan-18 @ 2:46 PM
animals were here before us and now we're treating them like nothing, killing them, burning them and abusing them. the world is a sick place if we do that to animals.
nope - 12-Nov-17 @ 12:19 AM
Alex is a stupid niiiiiiiiiii Gerrrr
Keemstar - 7-Jul-17 @ 12:20 PM
We are doing a debate about animal testing. What can you say that will help us prove that it is okay
lol_laughing_lolagai - 2-Jun-17 @ 5:28 PM
comcome on people why are you doing this to these poor and sweet animals that neber caused any harm, i mean we had to give my dog to the pound cause he was to hyper and his nails were to long and it hurt my little brother and every time i think of yall burning animals i think of my dog and what yall people could be doing to him righ now
devin - 7-Apr-17 @ 8:44 PM
No animal should have to suffer for us humans to live. They are innocent creatures that they just wish for so long to be free. If you had a choice to lend your animal to the lad to get tested on you would most likely say no because who wants their animal to have no legs or no eyes, or other things that were not there before, or they could even have died. These animals should deserve a home that will treat them right. These animals have been through enough.
Against animal testi - 17-Mar-17 @ 4:41 PM
According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway because bees don't care what humans think is impossible.
meme - 10-Mar-17 @ 9:12 AM
I am also doing animal testing for a school internal and would like some information on a certain type of testing which is Genotoxicity/ mutagenicity do you have any negatives towards the testing on animals. if that is possible
Hijnij - 26-Jun-16 @ 10:55 PM
im doing animal testing at school can you tell me some facts about for and against animal testing
jjmjgkikl - 13-Apr-16 @ 10:04 AM
I love deez nutaz especially animals deez nutz :)
deez nutz - 9-Apr-16 @ 1:10 PM
i am doing a project and im dissagreeing could anyone help on opinions?????????
Icy Cold Winters - 7-Apr-16 @ 9:24 PM
It's sad really cause innocent animals are getting harmed for what reason just for shampoo and all that stuff that we use.
Awesome - 15-Mar-16 @ 6:39 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments