Should we put an end to animal experimentation?


Should we put an end to animal experimentation?

19 May 2020
Despite awareness campaigns and controversies arising from videos of mistreatment posted on social media, every year in Europe, millions of animals are used for research purposes. However the legitimacy of these experiments is increasingly being questioned.

If animal testing for cosmetic purposes was banned in 2013 by the European Union, around 12 million mice, rats and even rabbits are still sacrificed each year, particularly in the field of medical research. Is animal testing inhuman? Should we put an end to it?

According to Samuel Constant, researcher and specialist in respiratory diseases, animal-free methods, such as in-vitro human tissues and organs, allow to have more effective results than methods using animals.

In the fields of cancer, mental disorders and depression, the success rates in animal experiments are extremely low. In the case of cancer, more than 97% of all successful animal experiments will then lead to nothing in humans. 

Some countries largely reduced their use of animals. The British leader in genetic research on mice, the Harwell Institute, announced last June that it plans to stop these experiments on rodents. In early 2019, the Sanger Institute, one of the world's largest centers of experimentation, declared the closure of its pet store by 2022.