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October 15, 2016
Animal Testing: An Annotated Bibliography
While browsing Youtube one day, I came across a video from “Veritasium” about research being done in Switzerland to help paralyzed rats walk again. They would intentionally cut the rat’s spine to prevent brain signals from reaching the legs and then try to get them to walk again. The researchers discovered that the nerves in the rat’s spine could heal themselves if the rat was motivated to walk again. Tasty pastries from nearby shops were a common means of motivation.
Animal testing seems like a very broad topic, so I decided to narrow it down to the ethics of animal testing. The video’s comment section was rife with discussion on the ethics …show more content…
They also believe in compliance of the three R’s which are Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement as conceptualized by Russel and Birch.
ANDREW, ROWAN N. "Ending the Use of Animals in Toxicity Testing and Risk Evaluation." Ending the Use of Animals in Toxicity Testing and Risk Evaluation 24.4 (2015): 448-58. Web.
Andrew reasons that the time of animal studies are over. He says animal studies are rather ineffective experimentally, time wise, and morally whereas new technologies have increased accuracy, do not take as long, and gives us no issues about how humane the experiment was. He is especially concerned about ending toxicity tests on animals due to the extreme harm they go through.
Lee, Sally. "The Ethics of Animal Testing Hang in the Balance." The Vancouver Sun. Infomart, a Division of Postmedia Network Inc., 3 Nov. 2008. Web.
This article, by Sally, is a response to an article by Gill Langley who is a strong opponent of animal testing. Sally challenges Gill by wondering if Gill has ever enjoyed the benefits of animal testing such as being vaccinated or taking a pregnancy test. The author admits animal testing is not ideal, but realizes that nothing else can effectively replace it …show more content…
PBS interviews Dr. Peter Singer, ethicist, and Dr. John Young, member of a pro animal testing group, in order to get both sides of the argument. Dr. Singer questions why our species is more important than that of a fellow sentient being. Humans who believe they are the better dominant group is what Dr. Singer calls speciesism which he compares in some ways to racism and sexism. Dr. Young says “that when people ask him how he can do testing on animals”, he shows them kids who are terminally ill with cancer and talks about how his research is benefiting