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Since ancient Greek and Roman times we have used animals to meet our needs. Not only for clothing and food, but for research as well. Animal experimentation is necessary for advancing our scientific studies, and as an alternative to experimenting on humans; we manipulate the lives of other animals as to be considered “more humane”. Animals that have been subject to our experiments include mice, rats, chimps, birds, farm animals, and several other species. We have used these animals to develop treatments for things such as diabetes, rabies, polio and more (“At Issue: Animal experimentation” N.P). Although, it seems that mice are particularly favorite among the science labs. Tests on the mice range from them hunting for cheese in a maze to having electrical volts sent through their bodies. We poke, prick, and prune away everything we can from them all in the name of science. However we must take a step back and ask ourselves if this is really the right thing to do. With little scientific evidence to show for it, it is tough for many to believe that animal testing is even necessary. Less than 20 percent of the 3.6 million tests in the UK turned out to be legitimate treatments to cure serious illnesses and diseases (Pruce p.8). Nine out of ten drugs that are proven successful in animals will statistically fail in human trials. These experiments are unpredictable on humans and may even be potentially harmful to those they are tested on (Goodman, Borch, Cherry p.68). Some of our largest number of tests on animals are treatments that go towards diabetes, a growing problem in this world is. Scientists have experimented on mice trying to breed them with genetic defects in order to cause them to contract diabetes. Due to their high metaboli... ... middle of paper ... ...h these solutions we could easily advance our studies without having to use other beings. And unlike most studies, the drugs tested upon our tissue will prove less dangerous when tested upon humans. Animal research is considered a last resort among several researchers not wanting to have to use these animals just for testing (Pruce p.8). Yet studies within the past century have skyrocketed, with newer technology around every corner, we can predict fewer animal experiments being needed. Such technology has already led us to discover new ways to detect illnesses along with giving us access to information all over the world. Animal testing will one day be a thing of the past and vaguely mentioned in old textbooks. Although such a thing may not happen in our lifetime, there will always be hope for our future. All that’s left is to overcome the mousetraps in research.
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