The Student Newspaper of Paint Branch High School


The Student Newspaper of Paint Branch High School


The Student Newspaper of Paint Branch High School


Animal Testing Is Never Valid

Efratha Tewodros
Chester, who also goes by Chessie, is a beloved pet bunny who could never imagine being part of the cruelty that is animal testing.

Have you ever wondered what your toothpaste, laundry detergent, shampoo, and pain relievers have in common? All of those things were likely tested on animals before being sold to you and many animals were harmed in the process.

Annually, approximately 110 million animals are killed in laboratories in the U.S. alone according to the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). According to them the animals include, but aren’t limited to, dogs, cats, rabbits, monkeys, fish, and birds. Animal testing is widely considered cruel due to the suffering and harm inflicted upon animals but it’s still practiced.

During testing, animals are put into small cages and deprived of their natural habitats. Frequently, they are forcibly tested and exposed to toxic substances, causing severe health issues and, occasionally, death. If the animals don’t die during testing, they “are typically killed” according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Additional cruel conditions that are often found in animal testing labs include “injecting or force-feeding animals with often harmful substances, removing animals’ organs or tissues to deliberately cause damage, forcing animals to inhale toxic gasses, and subjecting animals to frightening situations to create anxiety and depression,” reports Cruelty-Free International, an organization that works to create a world where no animals live in laboratories.

A common pro-animal testing argument is that there is no other accurate way to test medicines and improve scientific study. One specific fact that is often pointed out in favor of testing on mice is the fact that they share 98% of their DNA with humans, according to Animal Research at Stanford. 

While testing medicines and improving science is very important, there are many alternatives such as in-vitro tests. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) writes that IVDs or in-vitro diagnostics are, “tests done on samples such as blood or tissue that have been taken from the human body.” Vitro-testing models are “cheaper, faster, more precise, and more reliable test results compared to animal models,” according to Frontiers in Medical Technology.

The cruelty of animal testing lies in the fact that they are treated as disposable objects. When we allow this to occur as a society, we ignore their pain and suffering while knowing better options are available.

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Efratha Tewodros, Staff Writer
When asked to describe what it is like to attend Paint Branch, ninth-grader Efratha Tewodros states “big and crowded.” She adds that it is also busy and everyone rushes. As a student who is fresh out of middle school, she immediately saw the busy and hectic nature of Paint Branch. Efratha came to PB from White Oak Middle School and enjoys hiking, which she calls her favorite outdoor activity. Additionally, she calls spring her favorite season because “it's not too hot or too cold.” Efratha enjoys watching TV and movies. In fact, her favorite movie is Coraline, which she says she enjoys because it is moderately scary. As for what she means by moderately scary, she says ¨it's scary but not too scary.” A favorite show of hers is Never Have I Ever because ¨it's relatable and it's based on high school.¨ One book she has read that she remembers well is a touching book called Wonder, which stood out to her because ¨it shows a whole new point of view.¨

She enrolled in Journalism because she was interested in this course and felt that there would be more freedom in her writing. As for when she grows up, Efratha wants to be a doctor because she ¨likes to help people."

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