Animal Testing Should Be Carried Out

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During years, animals have been scientifically used to experiment with the purpose of testing medicines, to develop new cures and to support the scientific advancements. Animal testing is needed to preserve human life. Is why experimentation for medical purposes should be carried out, instead of scientists performing dangerous test in humans. Animal testing has been used since early times. The first writings about dissection on animals are from as early as 500 BC and Physician-scientists such as Aristotle, Herophilus, and Erasistratus performed the experiments to know the function of a living organism (Sharp). Vivisection was used on human criminals first in Rome and Alexandria, but later a law against mutilation on humans made the scientists of the era start practicing on animals. There were always contradictions in the topic because Aristotle believed that animals lacked intelligence, and for that reason the notions of justice and injustice do not applied to them, but Theophrastus, a successor of Aristoteles, disagreed. He believed that animals can feel pain, and that causing pain to animals was an affront to the gods (Guerrini). It was not until 19th century that the practice grew and make popular in the research field (Sharp). Animal testing has contributed to many lifesaving cures and treatments. According to the California Biomedical Association, nearly every medical breakthrough in the last 100 years has resulted directly from research using animals (CBRA Fact Sheet: Why Are Animals Necessary in Biomedical Research?). Without animal testing, thousands of people continue dying because of diseases, which no longer exist thanks to Animal testing .Examples of that is the Polio vaccine and how his creator, Albert Sabin, said:"... ... middle of paper ... ...esearch). So the positive effects of it are much more relevant that those against it. “Americans are living longer, healthier lives and we owe much of that success to biomedical research,”Dr Robert Palazzo, President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Animal testing has been a controversial topic since centuries ago. Today, the topic remains, but it has been proved that animals are a fundamental factor in scientific and medical advancements. Thanks to animal research, scientist have found cures to diseases, they had create new treatments, and had learned much more about different organisms. Throughout the world, people enjoy a better quality of life because of these advances. The benefits of animal research have been indispensable and it would have severe consequences for public health and medical research if it were abandoned.

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