Dogs Are Man 's Best Friends Essay

1474 Words Apr 29th, 2015 6 Pages
Dogs are man’s best friends. With their abilities to comprehend human commands, dogs have amazed numerous people since the early 1900s. Thanks to Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, Russian physiologist and winner of the 1904 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and his Classical Conditioning Experiment on live dogs, dog owners can teach their canine companions new tricks. Of course, some dog owners are oblivious to the fact that Pavlov’s dogs were tested on with tubes in their muzzles and collection bags hanging around their necks to collect saliva. Numerous groups of people, including animal rights activists, argue that testing, experimenting, and conducting labs on animals for science are cruel, unjust, and immoral acts; however, the data that result from these experiments provide scientists with enough information to create possible solutions for the plethora of problems that plague our world today including diseases, pollution, and environmental conservation.
Animal experimentation, also known as animal research, animal testing, and in vivo testing, is the process in which scientists and researchers run trials to test vaccines, cosmetics, teach biology lessons, and instruct medicinal exercises on nonhuman animals (PETA, “Animal Testing 101”). This form of research dates back to 382 BC when Aristotle began experimenting on live pigs to better understand their physiological structure (Thomassen et al., 3) and over time, there has been an increase in animal testing because people…

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