Animal Testing: Pros and Cons

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The ethical treatment and testing on animals is a widely controversial subject in the field of zoology. Views on animal testing range from positivity to full negativity. Animals such as mice and rats have been found to have psychological and genetic similarities that relate to humans which make them perfect for the experimental trials. Before various products are put out for humans consumption, animals are the most common way for companies to see if their new inventions work. The benefits and improvements to modern medicine as a result of animal testing should be weighed heavily against the harmful and toxic ingredients used in such experiments and their detrimental effects on test subjects like rats and mice. Something important to remember in animal experimentation is that, "Most experimentation has nothing to do with disease research..., it is product testing" (Medical News Online). Nobel Prizes for Medicine awarded seventy-one scientists who did research on animals in the last 103 years (Pro-Test). Animals hold a great deal of value in the product testing stages before the sale and distribution of products. Specifically medicine can be benefited because animals are similar in physiological and genetic means to humans (Hopes). Knowledge for present and future animal testing come from information obtained in animal based trials. Most prevention, care or remedy for diseases or suffering ailments can be tested on animals first and then can be translated over to human use. For example, chemotherapy medicines could be first be experimented on animals to see if they might really work on cancer patients. Or dialysis patients who may be facing kidney failure could receive new medicine that is guaranteed to work because it was ... ... middle of paper ... ...oples thoughts on this subject. Also, the effects are very devastating on the other hand when the damage that is done can be greater than the benefits. Works Cited "11 Facts about Animal Testing." Do Something. Do Something, n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013. "Animal Research Benefits." Americans For Medical Progress. Americans for Medical Progress, n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2013. "Benefits." Pro-Test: Standing up for Science. Pro-Test, n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. "Experimenting on Animals." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. "HOPES." HOPES. Stanford, n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2013. "The Issues." PETA Issues. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2013. Medical News Online. "Animal Testing Alternatives." Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 30 Nov.2013. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. "Product Testing: Toxic and Tragic." PETA. PETA, n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.

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