Animal Experimentation

By: Liam Gelder

Animal testing

Every year, an estimated 26 million animals are used for scientific and commercial testing. Animals are used to develop medical treatments, and to check for the safety of products destined for human use. Some people believe that there is no alternative method for researching a living organism, and others disagree saying there are other methods.

Regulations

Animal testing is regulated by the Animal Welfare Act or AWA. This regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealer. This act excludes birds, rats and mice bred for research, cold-blooded animals, and farm animals used for food and other purposes. The AWA regulates the housing but does not regulate the experiments themselves. This was so the researchers were exempt from regulations during research so this wouldn't interfere with it.
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Testing medicine on animals

  • It is the law to do animal testing. All drugs have to be tested on animals before they can be tested on humans. This is to make sure that humans are given a safe dose.
  • humans and animals don't always react the same towards a drug. and not all drugs are used for its original purpose, and animal testing can't sow all the potential uses.
Why do we use animals in research?

Pros

  • Animal testing has contributed to many life saving cures and treatments.
  • Animals are similar to human beings in many ways making testing appropriate.
  • Animals have also benefited from the results of animal testing.
  • Animal research is highly regulated with laws to protect the animals from harm.

Cons

  • Drugs that pass animals tests are not always safe.
  • Animal tests do not reliably predict results in human beings.
  • Once in a while animal testing can be more expensive than alternative tests

Conclusion

I believe that the advantages of animal experimentation over rules the disadvantages. Animal experimentation allows researchers to test out cures and treatments on animals first to see if it will work. Even though some of these animals are being injured or even killed, it is for the better cause.