The Animal Welfare Act puts restrictions on experimenting, transporting, and researching on animals. “The intent of congress in passing this act... ... middle of paper ... ...aid to help society, however, others feel that it hurts society. This controversial topic causes people to have such a wide variety of views on the subject. To make it a bit fairer for everyone, laws and regulations have been passed that favor to all of the sides. These laws consist of ways to limit the number of animals being tested and how they can be tested.
There are many questions about animal testing such as is animal testing important for new products, How many types of animal testing are there, why are products tested on animals and why do company’s need animal testing. Is animal testing important for testing new products? Many scientist will agree that animal testing is essential for new products. Animals and humans are both mammals, making animals the perfect specimen for testing products since the result will be similar. Scientist would rather test on animals then humans because the would rather risk an animals life than a persons life.
Some of the animals are put through unnatural suffering and bodily harm. Unreasonable suffering is something that is not approved by society. This topic is one that may never come to a simmer. Knowing the pros and cons of this issue will help the reader decide for themselves wether animal research is immoral or worthy.
Animal Experimentation Jeremy Bentham a philosopher and a utilitarian humanitarian once said, “The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but “Can they suffer?”(the-principles). Why are there so many animals in the world suffering from animal experimentation? Animal experimentation is used in order to test products and to discover new medical research. While animal experimentation is necessary many people believe it is wrong and inhumane. Animal experimentation may be very important but it is questioned whether or not if it is wrong and if there is any way to find substitutions in place of using animals.
It would be immoral to conduct such tests on humans, and so animals serve as our stand-ins for many kinds of testing and research. Those who support animal testing may care deeply about animals but don't place them on an equal status with humans. Research on animals may be de... ... middle of paper ... ...n’t react the same towards drugs as humans would. This causes suffering to animals for no reason at all. Most cosmetics require test to be done to see if they will be safe for human use.
At this day in age we cannot simply stop testing animals until another way is discovered. The application of animals to test a large number of products from household chemicals and cosmetics to Pharmaceutical products has been considered to be a normal strategy for many years. Laboratory animals are generally used in three primary fields: biomedical research, product security evaluation and education (PETA). "It has been estimated that approximately, 20 million animals are being used for testing and are killed annually; about 15 million of them are used to test for medication and five million for other products. Reports have been generated to indicate that about 10 percent of these animals are not being administered with painkillers"(PETA).
Replacement explained the use of non-animal alternatives over animals whenever possible. Refinement explained how people should use techniques to alleviate or minimize the invasive procedures that could potentially cause pain, suffering or distress, and to the enhancement animal welfare for the animals still used. The testing of animals have been going on for a long time and even some people have tried to help animals have less extreme conditions while being tested on. There are cases when animals are being treated badly, The Huntington Life Science was beating the anim... ... middle of paper ... ... experimentation/animal-experiments-overview.aspx. PETA.org.
Animal testing began many decades ago with the intent to advance the world of science. Today, we have come a long way, but, have the testing methods become less unethical? The U.S estimates that 18.5 million animals per year, which is 50,700 per day or one every 1.7 seconds are used for testing. (Biba). Animal testing is a cruel and unethical method for testing purposes because alternative methods have been proven more effective and accurate than animal testing, and animals are harmed during procedures and not given any medication for pain.
When it comes to the needless torture of animals that we claim to benefit, the animals lives need to be taken into consideration. S. F. Sapontzis gives his theory as to why animals should not be used in testing. To start with, animals are not capable of giving their consent to be used as subjects in an experiment. Secondly, "experiments can only be performed on an individual who is willing, morally speaking. Therefore it is immoral to use animals in experiments" (Sapontzis 209).
Our society is split into supporters and opponents of animal experimentation. The latter tend to resort to violent methods of protest, namely they intimidate physicians involved in animal testing, etc. Whereas proponents of animal testing emphasize that without employment of animals in research advances in modern medicine would be impossible, antivivisectionists do not take into consideration numerous benefits of animal experimentation to humans and claim that it is unethical to use animals in tests. It is the conflict between animal rights advocates and scientists, who conduct experiments on animals to improve the welfare of people. Alternatives to animal research, clinical value of animal testing, human domination over animals and their greater moral significance, exposure of animals to needless suffering and abuse are the questions that are frequently raised by antivivisectionists.