Essay on Animal Testing : Cruel And Inhumane

1609 Words Sep 15th, 2016 7 Pages
George Bernard Shaw, a Nobel Prized author once said, “The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity” (DEVIL’S). Animal testing dates all the way back to 250 B.C. with Erasistratus being the earliest known physician scientist. Animal testing is recognized to be cruel and inhumane. Consequently, tests that are performed on vertebrae are not reliable and they are not necessary. In vitro testing, micro dosing and artificial skin are all examples of alternatives that scientists should turn to. Animal testing for scientific research and discovery should be put to an end.

The history of animal testing can be found all the way back to the 250 B.C. The Greek physician, Erasistratus, tested on animals to understand the way their bodies functioned. Erasistratus would test animals to understand their sensory nerves, motor nerves and tendons. In addition to Erasistratus testing on animals to understand their functions, he would compare his information on the way humans functioned (ANIMAL). In Erasistratus’ studies, he discovered that all veins and arteries were connected to the heart; veins being filled with blood and arteries filled with pneuma; the spirit of the body (ERASISTRATUS). Galen of Pergamum, who was a Greek physician would conduct animal experiments using anatomy physiology, pathology and pharmacology in the second century. Galen was the first person who was able to describe the…

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