Animal Experimenting

Should animal testing be banned?

Definition

  • "The use of non-human animals in experiments that seek to control the variables that affect the behavior or biological system under study."

Backound Information

  • Using animals for medical research is a complex scientific and moral issue
  • Most religions urge kindness towards animals
  • Animals are being tested on instead of on humans
  • Religions think that human lives are more important than animal's lives
  • "Animal research has been used as an alternative method to replace the study of humans."

Dangers

  • The animals may be subjected to painful procedures or toxic exposures
  • Animals used in experimenting have emotional stress, physical pain, and suffering
  • Animal experimenting is very expensive

More Dangers

  • In 1908, scientists took a part of a spine from a boy who died of polio and ground it up and they injected it into 2 monkeys and they both died
  • Scientist Margarete Tigges is sewing monkey infant's eyes closed to see how they communicate
  • " David G. Amaral is using chemical means to permanently disconnect the amygdalas from the rest of the brain in male monkeys."

Benefits

  • It does provide important benefits that are not easily replaced or not easy to be done without animals
  • Animal experimenting has helped in the development of medicine
  • Open-heart surgery technique was developed in dogs
  • The technique of kidney transplant was also developed in dogs
  • "From sheep came control of anthrax, and from cows the eradication of smallpox."

Should animal testing be banned?

In my opinion, I think only some testing should be banned and in some testing being banned meaning the types that permanently physically and mentally impair the animal. The types that help create cures and techniques should stay because it has helped our development in medicine. To help the animals from not having as much pain we could put the animals to sleep more during surgeries and procedures. Overall, I think the testing that cause permanent and serious pain should be banned or alternated to make it less painful. But, we need to take more risks to develop new medicines, techniques, and cures for diseases.
Additional Information

Research Institutions Must Make the Replacement of Animals a Priority

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"Rabbit Prior to Experiment." Bioethics for Students: How Do We Know What’s Right? Ed. Steven G. Post. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1999. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 15 Dec. 2015.

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