Animal Testing

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Animal Testing

Over one million people have benefited from information gathered in animal testing and research. In the past, animal testing has been a touchy subject for people to talk about. Until recently, scientists did not treat animals with the utmost respect and even used such methods as vivisection, or basically operating on a live animal without any form of anesthetic, as a means of testing on animals. It is obvious why people would be against animal testing in the past, but now technology and new laws have brought us into a new era in which animal testing can be much more humane when it is used. There are currently computer programs that serve as an alternative method to animal testing. I propose that animal testing should be used when an alternative method is not available and as long as the strict regulations, laws, and rules around animal testing are upheld because millions of lives have been saved thanks to animal research.

In today?s age in time, animals are treated with respect as opposed to the past, where animals were improperly caged, not given anesthetics for any given operation, and even left for dead after testing on them. Those days are long over and we have stepped into a new age where animals are given a suitable place to live, they are given anesthetics when operated on, and a veterinarian is on call twenty-four hours a day in case of an emergency. One company that uses animal tests, Huntingdon, states, ?It is our job to ensure that these tests are performed to strict scientific criteria, provide reliable results that can be reproduced, and with leading standards of animal care and welfare? (?Animal Welfare?). Huntingdon has a great standard in the way that they carry out their experiment...

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... had never preformed an organ transplant on another living creature if he/she was operating on me. That is the same as sending an army out to battle whose only practice was playing a first-person-shooter on a video game system. If not for animal testing, there would have been no safe way to perform millions of the standard operations carried out today. If we use animal testing only when an alternative method is not available and when the laws, regulations, and rules around animal testing are upheld, we can reach new levels of medical technology.

Works Cited

Huntingdon Life Sciences: Working for a better future: Animal Welfare. 31 March 2003. <http://www.huntingdon.com/hls/EthicalIssues/AnimalWelfare.html>.

Huntingdon Life Sciences: Working for a better future: Myth. 31 March 2003. <http://www.huntingdon.com/hls/EthicalIssues/MythSecretive.html>.

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