Animal Testing Should Be Banned Essay

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I. Introduction to controversy and arguments from both sides
One major topic that has been in question and is now currently being debated is the question whether or not animal testing should be banned? From source #2 “An estimated 26 million animals are used every year in the United States for scientific and commercial testing. [2] Animals are used to develop medical treatments, determine the toxicity of medications, check the safety of products destined for human use, and other biomedical, commercial, and health care uses. Research on living animals has been practiced since at least 500 BC.” While searching for arguments for both both sides of the issue I found some interesting points. From source #1, those who say yes animal testing should
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Other imputs say that 90% of medicines tested on animals fail on humans. Then again medicinces that fail on animals work for humans. For example, Aspirin is dangerous for some animal species, and Fk-506 which is used to lower the risk of organ transplant rejection, was "almost shelved" because of animal test results. Not only that but digitalis, a heart drug, cancer treatments, insulin, penicillin and other safe medicines would have been banned if animal testing 's were heeded. More facts found saif that about 33 animals die in laboratories worldwide one in every four seconds. Along with that, animal testing results in a large loss of money, it delays possible remidies, just like blood transfusions were delayed 200 years by animal studies and corneal transplants were delayed 90 years. One last good point made was looking into the future, we can only test certain animals that have common traits and relates as closely as possible…show more content…
Such as what I found from in source #2. Did you know that 95% of animals used in experiments are not protected by the federal Animal Welfare Act, which excludes birds, rats and mice bred for research, and cold-blooded animals such as reptiles and most fish. And that chimpanzees share 99% of their DNA with humans, and mice are 98% genetically similar to humans. Because animals and humans are so biologically similar, they are susceptible to many of the same conditions and illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. One particular fault I found from the side that says yes to banning is that animals can beneift themselves from these tests. Animal research is highly regulated, with laws in place to protect animals from mistreatment. Another fact is animals often make better research subjects than human beings because of their shorter life cycles. Laboratory mice, for example, live for only two to three years, so researchers can study the effects of treatments or genetic manipulation over a whole lifespan, or across several generations, which would be infeasible using human subjects. On the other side for those who say no to banning animal testing also have faults to their points. Alternative testing methods now exist that can replace the need for animals. In vitro (in glass) testing, such as studying cell cultures in a petri dish, can produce more relevant results than animal testing because human cells can

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