Animal Experimentation: The Price of Being Beautiful and Healthy

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Experimentation on animals in the twenty-first century has unearthed many great findings but also resulted in detrimental consequences to the lives of human beings today. A few positive results of animal testing include: new medicines, surgical procedures, cosmetic products, and many important medical discoveries. Some of these discoveries altered the way we, as humans, will live forever, but most of the experimentations performed to these animals constitute cruel and inhumane. For instance, the barbaric testing of animals in the medical and cosmetic industry causes the unnecessary suffering and death of millions of animals every year. The harsh horror inflicted upon laboratory animals may be easily avoided and replaced with more effective, moral alternatives. In early 500 B.C., scientists such as Herophilus, Aristotle, and Erasistratus first utilized animal testing and began researching organs and systems of the human body. These scientists kept scripts of their vivisections, or the dissection of live organisms. These scripts tell the stories of detailed procedures of convicted felons in Rome. After a while, scientists of that era eventually changed to experimenting on animals after Roman law implemented prohibitions to the mutilation of the human body (Animal Testing). In the past, humans believed that animals did not think, conjure feelings, or suffer from the same type of pain as humans. Aristotle did not believe animals endured a thought process or intelligence and that animal justice, therefore, did not apply to them. A few hundred years later, during about 150 A.D., a Roman citizen named Claudius Galenus, otherwise known as Galen, began dissecting animals in large crowds as a form of entertainment. As a profound philosoph... ... middle of paper ... to create safer, more effective, and humane medications, chemicals, consumer products, food, and cosmetics. Works Cited "Animal Testing." Animal Testing - 12 Mar. 2014. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. Associated Press. "Animal Welfare Act May Not Protect All Critters." USATODAY. Gannett Co. Inc., 7 May 2002. Daniel G. Hackam, M.D., and Donald A. Redelmeier, M.D., “Translation of Research Evidence From Animals to Human,” The Journal of the American Medical Association 296 (2006): 1731-2. Kirchen, Rachelle. Telephone Interview. 17 Mar. 2014. Neumeister, William C. Personal Interview. 19 Mar. 2014. Otto, Stephen K., 2012. Animal Legal Defense Fund. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. "PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals." PETA. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. ProQuest Staff. "Animal Rights Timeline." Leading Issues Timelines. 2013: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 26 Mar. 2014.

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