Persuasive Essay On Animal Testing

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Throughout the years the testing of medical research on animals has dramatically increased. Currently more that 26 million animals are uses every year in the United States for medical or scientific research(PROCON). In most cases the animals are used to determine whether or not the products are safe to use or not. Although animals testing has become more prevalent over time it has been around since almost 500 BC. Why did we choose animals to use for this testing? How does one decide which animals is the one to be tested on? Many people are torn apart by the topic of animals being used for medical testing, but there are also people who support the use of animals for medical testing and experiments. I would first like to start out with my personal…show more content…
People may say that there are thousands of other ways to test these experiments rather than using animals and having them as a control subject, but do those methods really work as well as they believe they do? In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s there was a huge drug fiasco. “Thalidomide was a drug believed to be an effective tranquilizer and painkiller, and was proclaimed as a ‘wonder drug’ for insomnia, coughs, colds, and headaches. Thousands of pregnant women took the drug to relieve their symptoms, and consequently more that 10,000 children were born with malformations” (NCBI). This is one of the most recent incidents that have happened because of the failure to test on animals before hand, but certainly not the…show more content…
Having animals like chimps and mice allow scientists to develop a more accurate treatment or medication because they are so much alike humans in many aspects. Having other living organisms to develop treatments is extremely helpful because it allows scientists to view the drugs side effects hand on and be able to see the changes in reality rather than through some computer screen. Using technology to develop new forms of treatment would not have the same results. “All mammals, including humans, are descended from common ancestors, and all have the same set of organs that function in essentially the same way” (PROCON). This means that scientists can actually using the organs they are trying to have treatment for, getting a more hands on
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