Animal testing is the use of non-human animals for experimental purposes that is mostly used to further research in genetics, biology, behavioral studies, drug testing and cosmetics testing. Every year, more than 100 million animals are used in biology lessons, medical training, and experimentation for testing.
Rodent, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, dogs, cats and primates are used in experimentation in huge numbers.
The Humane Society found out that for the registration of a single pesticide more than 50 experiments and the use of as many as 12, 000 animals are required. And of all the animals used in testing, only about 31% are euthanized to avoid pain. An approximate of $16 Billion is spent in the US alone on testing on animals.
Even though alternatives to testing on animals have been developed, most research laboratories prefer to use this barbaric mode of testing, which is why, organizations like PETA are taking a stand against it, trying to stop cruelty on animals.