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What is animal testing? Animal testing is the use of living animals to performed research into the basics of biology and diseases assessing the effectiveness of new medical products(Humane Society International). But many debating has been done over animal testing, people are either in favor or against the use of animals for medical research. Many say that the use of animals is important for the advancement in medical research, without the use of animals medicine, treatment for cancer, antibiotics for infection, vaccines to help prevent deadly diseases and new technics for transplant would not exists and safe life. (pro-test) As Former UK Officer Minister Joan Ryan quoted “Animals research and testing has played a part in almost every medical breakthrough of the last century.
Scientists choose to test their products on animals for multiple different reasons. Some of those reasons may be to get approval to sell a new product to the public and another reason could be to experiment a drug that could help cure a disease or at least treat it. When thinking about animal testing you must also consider the manydifferent alternatives that could be used but that some scientist are not using. Some of the alternatives are In Vitro, In Silicon, and Microdosing (PETA). Reasons we test products on animals There are many different reasons that scientist and manufacturers choose to test their products or experiments on animals.
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The welfare of animals should be considered in experiments, although they are a substantial benefit to medical research there should still be strict enforced regulations set to stop the unnecessary pain and suffering of the animals. There are many animal rights activist groups asking that an animal’s life be seen just as valuable as the life of a human. Having “natural rights” for animals defined would mean imprisoning and holding trials for animals that break the law, realistically this is not a defensible philosophy. According to Lee and Ames natural rights for animals is a “flawed philosophy” that contradicts itself. The concept of natural rights for animals would jeopardize all medical research.
Medical, cosmetic, and many other types of research experiments use animals to provide the results on how the new product may affect humans. There are many people that support the use of alternative methods to animal research and then there are also many people who are opposed to the idea. Alternative methods to animal testing should be supported because it is cruel and inhumane, animals may not provide accurate results, and there are numerous alternative methods that can be used without harming the animals. Opponents believe that traditional animal testing provides better results because animals are similar to humans, they have a shorter life expectancy, and it allows researchers to experiment on a whole living body system. In today’s society alternatives to animal testing are becoming more common because of the advanced changes in technology and the awareness of what occurs during animal testing.