Current Ethical Issues in Animal Research Essay

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Current Ethical Issues in Animal Research Research involving animals consistently improves medical progress for more than two centuries. However, for most of that time, it has met with moral objections because of the suffering it can cause the animals. Though animal welfare laws have reduced the number of laboratory animals globally, ethical concerns remain.The word ‘ethics’ is used in many contexts, for the purposes of this essay, “It is an examination of the acceptability of the motives that drive the behaviour of people. ”(Dolan, 1999). Ethical issues in animal research have been discussed frequently in public these few years.

Accurate global figures for animal testing are difficult to obtain. According to the British Union
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(Wolfensohn and Lloyd, 2013, p. 9)

Those who argue that painful experimentation on animals should be banned, or at least reduced, maintain that pain should not experienced by a child, an adult, or an animal. “Complexity (number of synapses) of the brain is not always a helpful measure of sentience or suffering. ”(Hubrecht, 2013) If it is wrong to inflict pain on a human being, it is just as wrong to inflict pain on an animal.Scientist claimed that halting painful animal experiments would put an end to scientific progress, with harmful consequences to society. However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (2008) mentioned that preparing a single new experimental drug for human testing costs sponsors between $500,000 to $1 million. Even then, nine out of ten such experimental drugs fail in clinical trials[pic], in part because laboratory and animal studies are not the best predictors of how the new drugs will perform in people.It is argued that the lives of all creatures, great[pic] and small, have value and are worthy of respect. The American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) (2009) claimed that animals are living, sentient beings.Animals, like humans, are subjects of a life. They believed that animals have the right not to be exploited for science, and we should not have to choose between helping humans and harming animals.

There is no doubt that over 100 years ago it was cruel, before the use of modern anesthetic and analgesic drugs.But today

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