Animal Testing And Animal Research

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Animal testing has been around for centuries, it started out to be for curiosity reasons; people wanted to learn more about the internal construction of the body, and animals were convenient--more so than humans. The word animal testing and animal research are interchangeable, but both relate to the same meaning: the use of animals in scientific experiments. The range of animals that are being tested on vary from lab to lab, but rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, and rodents are some of the most commonly used ones. While there has been valuable results from animal testing, like the finding of milk pasteurization by Louis Pasteur. While he was one of the scientists who made the first major use with animal testing and his conclusions were beneficial, …show more content…
Some tests can take months or years to get the completed experiment results. A commonly done test is the non genotoxic cancer test, using rats, which takes $700,000 to complete in 24 months. However, the in-vitro test, using a Syrian hamster embryo, takes around $22,000 to complete in a shorter amount of time ("Costs of Animal and Non-Animal"). The taxpayers are the ones who pay for the wasting of funds for a project that is starting to run dry of benefits. After years of researching and spending millions of dollars, the results may come out to only work in that specific animal, all while failing in the human trials when the drug is …show more content…
The drug Vioxx: an anti-inflammatory, was the cause of at least 55,000 U.S deaths in the five years it was on the market (“When Half a Million”). Even though some drugs may work appropriately on animals, the animal is not a mini version of a human. “The inability to recreate human diseases accurately in other animals is an inherent and fundamental flaw in the use of animal experiments” (Akhtar), there are too many physiological differences to make the two relevant. Rarely do people consider the anatomy of the animal, as well as the animal’s mental

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