Animal Testing is Vital to Medical Advances

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Research is responsible for virtually all the medical breakthroughs there have been- there are medicines and vaccines and cures and treatments and more life saving benefits being developed today- but an important factor to the development of medical advances is the inclusion of animals in research. Virtually almost everyone alive has benefited from the medical advances made feasible through animal testing. According to my aunt Blanca, who is a mother of a child who was diagnosed with severe epilepsy says, “We should be thankful and supportive of animal testing” (Perez). When I questioned her whether she believed testing animals was cruel she said, “Nobody wishes for animals to be used in this form, and I believe animals should be used only for medical research and when there is no other method. I am a mother so I find it hard to believe and accept that any parent would be against or have issues with animal research.” Although my aunt’s daughter has been left with learning disabilities for the rest of her life, my aunt is grateful because without effective medicines her daughter could have not only been worse but possibly could have died. Although extremists argue that animal testing is cruel and unnecessary, animal testing is justifiable when regarding animal testing as a vital role in medical advances that save lives. Animal research is responsible for profound eruditions that have served as a foundation for medical advancements. In virtually every major medical advance for both human and veterinary health, animal research has played a vital role. According to the U.S. based Foundation for Biomedical Research, “From antibiotics to blood transfusions, from dialysis to organ transplantation from vaccinations to chemotherapy, bypas... ... middle of paper ... ...7): 44+. General Reference Center. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. "Medical Advances through Animal Research." University of Minnesota. Regents of the University of Minnesota, 15 Jun 2006. Web. 22 Nov 2013. Orlans, F. Barbara. "Policy issues in the use of animals in research, testing, and education." The Hastings Center Report May-June 1990: S25+. General Reference Center. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. Purchase, Iain. "Experimental animal research." Biological Sciences Review Jan. 2001: 26. General Reference Center. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. Roush, Wade. "Hunting for animal alternatives." Science 274.5285 (1996): 168+. General Reference Center. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. Southwick, Ron. "Fighting for Research on Animals." The Chronicle of Higher Education 48.31 (2002). General Reference Center. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. "Speaking of Research." Pushing Forward for Pro-Test Science. N.p., 2009. Web. 22 Nov. 2013.

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