The Pros And Cons Of Animal Experimentation

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Animal Experimentation The works of philosophers Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill have been used more substantively in animal advocacy movements, even though Mill’s utilitarianism was genuinely animal amicable at the time; he believed that in any circumstance the right action would be the action that have a tendency to minimize the pain and suffering, and expand the pleasure and happiness, of all humans and animals which in return should impact our treatment of animals. Immanuel Kant a philosopher who is often mention in animal advocacy movement did not believe we had any direct ethical duties to animal. However, he believed that the only reason we should avoid being cruel to animals is because in doing so we may develop cruel acts towards…show more content…
Some people may think that animal experiments is inherently immoral, the defenders of the experiments usually counter that animal use is essential for continued progress in knowledge and, consequently, in health care and human alike. Some advantages of animal experiment in human health ranges from spinal cord injury, based on studies in rats, the UW-Madison researchers have developed interventions to help patients with chronic spinal cord injury, a condition with no effective treatments. Nervous system repair, a study of cats discovered a surprising ability to repair the myelin sheath that insulates nerves and allows them to function normally. Myelin disorders play a role in many nerve diseases, including the common and sometimes fatal multiple sclerosis. Warfarin, Wisconsin biochemist Karl Paul Link used rabbit models while developing the anti-coagulant warfarin, which remains a primary anti-clotting medicine and is one of the world’s most effective rodenticides (UW Animal Research Achievements). Advantages in Animal health includes: Johne’s disease, UW–Madison researchers have developed detection and management programs for Johne’s disease in cattle. Johne’s is a chronic debilitating disease of cattle that forces farmers to remove affected animals from their herds, at significant cost. Antibody…show more content…
The AWA excludes birds, rats, and mice bred for research, and cold-blooded animals such as reptiles and most fish. According to Humane Society international, animals used in experiments are commonly subjected to force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, prolonged periods of physical restraints, the infliction of burns and other wounds to study its effects and remedies, and “killing by carbon dioxide asphyxiation, neck breaking, decapitation, or other means (animal-testing.procon.org). Religious tradition also tells us to be merciful to animals, so we should not cause them suffering by experimenting on them. In the Bible, proverbs 12:10 states: “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast”. The Hindu doctrine of ahimsa teaches the principle of not doing harm to other living beings. The Buddhist doctrine of right livelihood dissuades Buddhist from doing any harm to animals (animal-testing.procon.org). Opponents of animal testing argue that it is cruel and inhumane to experiment on animals, that alternative methods available to researchers can replace animal testing, and that animals are so different from human beings that research on animals often yields irrelevant
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