Pros and Cons of Animal Testing
- Animal experiments have played a critical role in just about every medical breakthrough of the last century.
- They are vital for testing the safety of drugs and vaccines, from common painkillers to advanced anti-cancer treatment.
- They may not be perfect, and human trials are also vital, but without them medical advances would be seriously hampered
- Cancer, strokes, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson's and Alz-heimer's are just some of conditions for which animal experiments have benefited research.
- Animal advocacy groups contend that the biological, emotional, and cognitive similarities between humans and other animals make the practice of using animals in experiments unethical.
- In animal testing, countless animals are experimented on and then killed after their use.
- Others are injured and will still live the remainder of their lives in captivity.
- Animal testing generally costs an enormous amount of money, as the animals must be fed, housed, cared for and treated with drugs or a similar experimental substance.
- There is also the argument that the reaction of a drug in an animal's body is quite different from the reaction in a human.