Essay on Animal Testing Should Not Be Banned

1051 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Often, when on the subject of whether or not animals should be used in animal research, it generally sparks up a debate. Some argue that animal testing does not work and the practice is cruel to animals while others argue that the use of animal research has produced tremendous medical breakthroughs and should not be stopped. Yes, animal testing has resulted in great medical discoveries and could be used to potentially discover more, however, new technological advances in medicine such as the 3D biomedical printer can eventually replace the need for animal testing and as a result of that cost of research will go down dramatically as well as animals will no longer suffer for no reason. There is absolutely no doubt that animal testing has greatly benefitted our lives today. Insulin, anaesthetics, penicillin antibiotics, asthma inhalers, cervical cancer vaccines, influenza vaccines, and many more we discovered as a result on animal testing (“10 medical breakthroughs…”). The most commonly used animal in medical research is the rat. When looking at a rat with the naked eye, logically one will not assume that it is anyway shape or form related to humans. In 2004, An international research team, supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced it has completed a high-quality, draft sequence of the genome [“a full set of chromosomes; all the inheritable traits of an organism” (Dictionary.com)] of the laboratory rat, and has used that data to explore how the…

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