This law requires facilities be humane and inspected regularly by the USDA (nabr.org). Don't be fooled, animals used for testing aren't as abused and neglected as you've been mislead to think. What would be the point in testing something know to be inaccurate? The opposing side likes to create graphic images in your mind to make you feel sorry for the animal; however, as has been explained, most of these images are false. Animals are very effective test subjects for medicine because they have bodies that work similarly to ours.
Brettner -2- Experimenting on animals, to some, is important if humans want to continue with improving our medical advances (AMPEF 1). Although animals have helped form useful medicines for humans like anesthesia, they have also helped put dangerous drugs on the market (AMPEF 1). Practolol, a drug for heart disorders that passed animal test was pulled off the shelves when the drug caused blindness in people. Also, arsenic, which is toxic and causes cancer in humans, has not caused cancer in any animals that were tested (PETA 1). “According to the General Accounting Office, more than half of the prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 1976 and 1985 caused serious side effects that later caused the drugs to be either relabeled or removed from the market.
Animals are now protected by law; known as the Animal welfare act of 1966, this law regulates the treatment and protection of animals. “We have recently received the 2012 statistics for animals used in research under the Animal Welfare Act. Overall the number of animals used in research fell by 16% since 2010, falling over 180,000 from over 1.1 million (2010) to just over 950,000 (2012).” Animal testing has encouraged numerous achievements in solutions and guarantees that items are safe and secure before treating humans. This development has many advantages also but has a negative side. Many people consider these practices on animals as a cruel and indecent achievement.
Scientists experiment on animals and by doing this testing, scientists are supposed to develop safe medical treatments or medicines for humanity; however, most of the products created are never actually tried on humans. These animals are suffering through horrible and inhumane experiments when there are better methods to ensure the safety of humans as well as animals. Alternative testing methods do exist. These alternative methods can replace the need for animals but, still, animals are being abused for testing. Animal testing needs to be eliminated for a number of reasons.
Scientist use all types of animals, but the most common are rats, mice, birds, reptiles and amphibians (ASPCA). Animal testing can result in an injury and or death to the animal that is being tested on. Scientist should find healthy and safe alternatives to figuring out information they need, rather than using helpless animals. Animal testing has been around for a long time and it has just recently sparked controversy in the scientific community. 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)").
If the issue were simple, animal experimentation might never have become so controversial. Each year in the United States an estimated 20-70 million animals-from cats, dogs and primates, to rabbits, rats and mice-suffer and die in the name of research. Animal tests for the safety of cosmetics, household products and chemicals are the least justifiable. Animals have doses of shampoo, hair spray, and deodorant dripped int... ... middle of paper ... ...r laurels. Many companies still say that animal tests are the most likely to hold up in court if a human is injured by a cosmetic or household product and, for that reason, they will struggle to hold on to animal-based research.
They are also used for medical treatments, to determine the toxicity of medications, to check the safety of products destined for human use, and other biomedical, commercial, and health-care uses (Pro-Con.org 1). With testing animals, scientists hope to get information out of the animals in order to help us in the long run. Animal Experimentation is obviously wrong for many reasons. First off, the experiment on the animals are very harmful to the animals. Pain is an understatement in the animals case considering that almost all the time they have no pain medication.
Rachel Hajar, M.D., states that animal testing began to undergo criticism from animal welfare and protection groups because of the inhumane procedures inflicted on the animals. These groups had laws passed in many countries that gave the animals more protection when being researched upon. Scientists who support animal testing insist that it is necessary to expand our knowledge in the science and medicine world. Claude Bernard, a physiologist, says “Experiments on animals are entirely conclusive for the toxicology and hygiene of man. The effects of these substances are the same on man as on animals, save for differences in degree” (“Animal Testing and Medicine”).
Do animals deserve the natural rights humans have? Animals are being kept captive in science labs to test many things. In research labs they are used to test many trivial products and they are used in valuable medical research. Many animal right activists go as far as breaking the law as an attempt to get the point across about the wellbeing of animals in science labs. 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.
According to In Defense of Animals (IDA) Not only is animal testing inhumane but sometimes it is also inherently inaccurate (“Cosmetic”). IDA is an organization in U.S. that defense against animal cruelty. However, in many cases, the facts of the research are overlooked (“About”). Although many people believe that animal research is morally wrong, animals should continue to be used for scientific research because it is, as of now, the most effective way to conduct scientific research other than using human bodies to develop drugs or perform many different so... ... middle of paper ... ...duce the use of animals for scientific research. In the meantime, animals should continue to be used for scientific research only when there are no other alternatives.