Animal Rights

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Animal Rights

As Doctor Zola-Morgan stated in a speech to animal right activists,

"I've seen the impact of the animal rights movement. I believe this is an

attack on science of the worst kind. If we allow it to prevail it will

take us back to the dark ages." Too much of the public has come to think

of medical researchers as "tormenters rather than healers." The good is

overlooked and the bad is exploited. Although many people think that

animal research is morally wrong, animal research should continue because

it is critical to continued progress in human health and alternatives to

research animals are not available.

Animal rights activists feel that animal research is immoral. They do

not see where we as human beings see or feel that we are the dominant

species. They often assert that research with animals causes severe pain

and that many research animals are abused. The activists do not feel the

need to put the animals through such pain. Many of the experiments are

replicated also which causes an unneeded demand for animals to perform

experiments. Experiments which have already been proven are still being

experimented with.

However, animal research is an integral part of today's society when

thinking of how much progress we have gained in human health with the use

of animal experimentation. To date some forty-one Nobel prizes have been

awarded to scientists whose achievements depended on laboratory animals.

Vaccines against polio, diphtheria, mumps, measles, rubella, and smallpox

would not have been possible without such experiments. There also would

not be such important techniques such as open heart surgery, brain surgery,

coronary bypass, microsurgery to re-attached limbs, organ transplants, and

correction of congenital heart defects. The list goes on about the medical

advances that required animal research. Insulin to control diabetes and

medications important in the management of asthma, epilepsy, arthritis,

ulcers, and hypertensions are a few more to add to the list. To take

animal research away would also be to halt our society's advancement of

more procedures and more medicines to enhance the better living of


In addition, there are no alternatives to animal experimentation that

can give the same results that it can. In certain research investigations,

cell, tissue, organ cultures, and computer models can be used at least in

the preliminary phases of the investigation.
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