Animals are commonly used for product testing. However, a lot of people take a stand against animal testing because they find the procedure inhumane. While a lot of companies have changed their ways to test their products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still requires animal testing of all drugs before it is released for human consumption in the market.
FDA explained the need to use animals for experiments and testings. They need to assess the safety and efficiency levels of the drugs, vaccines, and other medical-related items before they can decide that these products are okay for human consumption.
The sad thing about animals being used for testing is that they are euthanized when tests are done.
Recently, the FDA has changed its policy on animal testing. The new policy is now allowing the adoption of animals used for testing as long as they are healthy. These animals can also be sent to shelters or to animal sanctuaries after they have been used in laboratories.
On the other hand, animals that are unhealthy after the tests will be put to sleep.
Dogs are also used for animal testing, and with this news, they are given a chance in life to be taken cared of by a family.
It’s good to know that the FDA is now seeing animal testing from a different perspective. People are looking forward to hearing that FDA will soon gear towards more efficient and humane testing options.
Together with 13 other federal agencies which comprise the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), the FDA is on a roll on finding means to test products other than animal testing. The goal of this committee is to phase-out animal testing and substitute with non-animal testing methods in the least period.
We can’t wait for the time that animals will no longer experience cruelty and be used for laboratory testing.
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