The anti-vivisectionists say we should allow no experiments on animals and the animal utilitarians, or vivisectionists, claim that we can do anything to animals if it is for the ultimate good of humanity. Perhaps they are both wrong. Much can be learned from treating animals that are already sick or injured in testing new life-saving drugs and surgical techniques. Animals, as well as people benefit from new discoveries. But is it right to take perfectly healthy animals and harm them to find cures for human illnesses, many of which we bring on ourselves by poisoning the environment, eating the wrong kinds of foods, and by not adopting a healthy active life-style?
Animal testing and research is considered very important for improving human health; in fact, the scientific community and some of the general public support animal research. There are also groups of individuals who are against animal testing for cosmetics but they defend animal testing for medicine and the development of new drugs for disease. Incidentally cosmetics companies kill millions of animals every year to test their products. Some of these companies state they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. The Food and Drug Admin... ... middle of paper ... ...esting and research of animals and this is being proven by saving human lives today.
Animal testing needs to be eliminated for a number of reasons. Most experiments, which involve animals, are flawed and never used on humans, wasting the lives of those animals. Animal testing, which violates animal’s rights, is expensive, unreliable, and unsafe. It is important to know the horrific facts about animal testing as well as the alternative methods; therefore, humanity can better the economy, and not only human lives but also animals lives. The term “animal testing” refers to experimentations on living animals for the purpose of research into biology and illnesses, assessing effectiveness of new medicinal products, and testing the human health and environmental safety of consumer and industry products such as cosmetics, ... ... middle of paper ... ...s well as researchers should proceed in creating a law that protects animals from animal cruelty during experimentation.
The people claim that, animal testing infringes animal’s rights, make animal suffering in the experiments, and some of animal experiments may never useful to human beings. This is true, but we cannot stop animal testing. According to the article “Facts about Animal Research” by Cook (2006), the smallpox have been disappear from the earth because scientists get vaccines from cows. Also, the scientists get insulin, which is the only drug, which can control diabetes, from dogs and fishes. Many medicines are related to medical animal experiments, we cannot give up medical animal experiments.
Humans need to stop thinking about themselves as a superior species to other animals. They have to start thinking about how we can stop the cruelty that they inflict upon animals day after day in experiment after experiment. Tom Regan, a well-known animal rights activist, wrote, "the fundamental wrong is the system that allows us to view animals as our resources, here for us- to be eaten, or surgically manipulated, or exploited for sport or money" (Regan 14). Nothing could be more true than this fact; man considers itself such a superior species that all others were put on earth for his convenience. It is this type of thinking that has gotten humans to the place where we are today.
For example, Roger Stuart says, “Modern anesthetics, the tetanus vaccine, penicillin and insulin all relied on animal research in their development.” If they were not tested on an organism, scientists could not know if the vaccine w... ... middle of paper ... ...g should be used as a tool to enhance life quality and to decrease the mortality rate. It is such a selfish attitude from animal rights activists to try to stop the evolution process. The fittest one must struggle to succeed in the environment which surround him by making use of the instruments that the Mother Nature provides him. Works Cited American Anti-Vivisection Society. "Laws on Product Testing."
Some scientist feel that they could find healthy alternatives, while others feel that they have the right to use animals in their experiments, and that the animals are inferior to humans; therefore, have no rights ("Controversy of Animal Testing - About Animal Testing (UK)"). Scientist preform a lot of experiments on animals, but more than ninety percent of them are for human benefit (“Adams, Stephen”). Things like cosmetics, vaccinations, and solution to diseases. A major flaw within doing these things is that animals and humans have different genetic structures. By them having different genetic structures it makes it difficult because they could find something that works for an animal but could harm a human and the other way around.
More importantly animal testing is cruel, unethical, and often unreliable; especially when those same results can be produced by other methods. Some people believe that animal research will create such great benefits for the human race that it is morally acceptable to destroy a few animals. Even though animal research only benefits humans if their outcomes are valid and can be of use. Unfortunately, most of the test results are considered unreliable (Animal Liberation Humane Education, 2014). The standard testing of medical devices and new medications calls for the exploitation of animals from blinding them to vivisection (dissection of an animal while alive and awake).
The Controversial Issue of Animal Ethics The struggle against sickness and disease is not over, yet medical progress is being threatened by activists who would end the use of laboratory animals in the search for treatment and cures. Their well financed anti-research disinformation campaign is not the only weapon used by animal rights activists. The more extreme animal rights activists have used tactics of intimidation and terrorism, for example: April 26,1997, activists were arrested when they tried to force their way into Yerkes Regional Primate center during a protest. July 21,1997, The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) set fire to Cavel West, a horse rendering plan. July 5,1998, The ALF broke into a laboratory at Cornell University and released dozens of woodchucks into the wild.
Furthermore, these tests do not have accurate results, so the animals may suffer but the product is still sold to the people. While products that burnt bunnies’ eyes away are being marketed to consumers, government agencies are using taxpayers’ hard earned money to fund these horrible, pointless experiments. Millions of animals are used to test consumer products, but they also become victims to experiments for medical research. In The Ethics of Animal Research (2007) both authors state that there have been many medical advances with the development of medicines and treatments as a result of research conducted on animals (para 1). These medical i... ... middle of paper ... ...http://www.aavs.org/site/c.bkLTKfOSLhK6E/b.6456997/k.3D74/Problems_with_Animal_Research.htm.