Animal Testing Should Not Be Banned Essay

1936 Words Nov 20th, 2016 8 Pages
In the United States millions of animals are used annually for scientific and commercial research. For hundreds of years’ animals have been used in testing for scientific research, to develop medicine and proper dosage, to determine safety of products, and for other scientific and medical reasons. Throughout the years countless scientific and biomedical advances have been made that are directly a result of animal testing. Scientists use animals in research when there is a need to know what happens in a living, breathing body. Scientists also use animals to study diseases and to search for cures of those diseases. Examples of cures resulting from animal testing include the polio vaccine, the vaccine for hepatitis B, and the vaccine for other diseases(procon.org). Advocates of animal testing claim that it is completely necessary because there is no other way to conduct research and gather information about living bodies than to use animals. The same advocates also claim that the animals are treated with respect and experience minimal discomfort during the research. According to yourgeome.org in order to limit the amount of harm that animals might experience the researches that conduct the experiments are required to follow a set of principles called the “three R’s”. They are: “Replace: Replacing, where possible, experiments using animals with alternative techniques such as cell culture, computer modelling or human volunteers instead of animals.” “Reduce: Reducing the number of…

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