By Phoebe and Elizabeth
TESTING ON ANIMALS
Our Point of View
Pros OF ANIMAL TESTING
"...a basis for looking to the future, both in terms where primates may continue to be necessary" -Professor John Bell
Professor George Washington thinks that "...animal research is essential to tackling major 21st century health problems such as cancer, and heart disease. Without the use of animals, it would be impossible in many cases to develop drugs or any sort of medical treatment."
Animals die everyday because of animal medical testing. The animals die to save many people. Think about what our world would be today if we had not found medicine to save people from cancer. Animals were the ones who did that for us, saved lives.
Cons OF ANIMAL TESTING
"We have moved away from studying human diseases in humans...We drank the Kool-Aid on that one, me included. The problem is that animal testing hasn't worked, and it's time that we stopped dancing around the problem. We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in human to understand disease biology in humans."
Animals testing can also be quite dangerous. In the summer of 1987 a fire started that was caused by the Animal Liberation Front, a group commited to experimenting on animals. The fire near the University of California at Davis nearly destroyed 3.5 million dollars of damage. Some animals are killed every day, and are in horrible care.
"Animals deserve the right to live"
The testings done on animals are painful and harsh.