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IELTS Writing Sample Task 2 - Animal Testing (Discussion Question)

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Some people argue that experiments on animals should be banned because it is morally wrong to cause animals to suffer, while others are in favor of them because of their benefits to humanity.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Animal testing is one of the most controversial issues in the world. Some people believe that it is necessary to carry out experiments on animals for scientific purposes, whereas an increasing number of people think that such acts are cruel and morally wrong. In this essay, these opposite views will be taken into consideration before reaching a definite opinion.

A majority of people believe that testing on animals for scientific purposes is important to the development of human beings. They argue that before launching any new products, scientists have to make sure that they are safe enough for people to use. For instance, before a new medicine is ready to be sold, it must be tested if there are any side effects that may harm people’s health. In addition, scientists cannot risk experimenting on humans; therefore, animals are one of the best options.

On the contrary, there is a growing number of people who go against animal testing. They believe that animals have emotions like us; thus, if we, as humans, suffer from the pains, so do animals. Moreover, thanks to the advancement of modern science, scientists have found other alternative methods to test new products, which supports the point of view that animal testing is not compulsory nowadays. Some countries, consequently, have started prohibiting testing animals for cosmetic products. Although they have just enacted laws for cosmetic fields, this is a good start since governments can consider banning using animals for experiments in other scientific fields in the future.

In conclusion, even though some people support the view that we should carry out experiments on animals, I think it is against human moral to perform such experiments on animals. Modern science has advanced and invented new substitutions to this kind of testing, so I believe that we should stop causing animals to suffer from the pains of unnecessary experiments.



  • controversial (adj): mang tính tranh cãi, gây ra tranh cãi

  • launch (v): ra mắt (sản phẩm nào đó)

  • side effects (phrase): tác dụng phụ

  • risk (v): (+Ving) mạo hiểm (để làm gì đó)

  • advancement (n): sự tiến bộ

  • alternative (adj): thay thế

  • prohibit (v): cấm

  • enact (law) (v): ban hành (luật)

  • moral (n): đạo đức

  • substitution (n): sự thay thế

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