Animal Experimentation Advantages And Disadvantages

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Animal Experimentation Animal experimentation has been around for many centuries. Humans perform these experiments on all species of animals to find different effect of a product it could have on a human. Three advantages in particular advantages are, it helps scientists gain a better understanding for cures of different diseases, this practice makes a vital advance in medicine, and for the expense of treatments and cures animals should not have rights when it comes to research. Although there are many advantages to animal experimentation, there are also disadvantages which include, there is no benefit for the humans, it is cruel, and is dangerous for humans to be treated only after a trial on animals. The first advantage to animal experimentation …show more content…
In his essay, “Animals Should Not Be Given Rights at the Expense of Human Needs” (2009), Edwin Locke states, “Rights are ethical principles applicable only to beings capable of reason and choice” (Locke par. 5). He is stating that unlike animals, people are taught reasoning and to think through situations, but animal’s instincts are to kill for food and protect themselves. He then goes on to illustrate, “Animals do not survive by rational thought (nor by sign languages allegedly taught to them by psychologists). They survive through sensory-perceptual association and the pleasure-pain mechanism. They cannot reason.” (Locke par. 4) and “Man must use his rational faculty—which is exercised by choice” (Locke par. 2). Here he wants the reader to understand animals and people are in different categories. When it comes to research, scientists do not want to practice on a human that is mindful and is living for a purpose but rather practice on an animal that has only a survival tactic to …show more content…
In his essay, “Medical Testing on Animals Is Cruel and Unnecessary” (2014), Noel Merino states, “Animal experimenters want a disposable "research subject" who can be manipulated as desired and killed when convenient” (par. 12). Scientists do research on these animals because it is an easy way to find a treatment. Even though the hundreds of trials and errors the animals are the ones who are killed and tossed as if they never existed. He then goes on to say, “Even animals who are covered by the law can be burned, shocked, poisoned, isolated, starved, forcibly restrained, addicted to drugs, and brain-damaged” (Merino par. 11). He is illustrating that animals do have rights but their rights are nothing when it comes to research purposes. Any animal can be burned, shocked, poisoned, etc. These examples of how research is conducted is showing that animals are being treated

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