Ethical Ethics Of Animal Testing

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Although the subject of animal testing has long been a controversial topic due to its harmful nature over sentient beings, it has been proven many times to be a “necessary evil” in the biomedical industry. As animal testing is performed in many fields for varying purposes, the legitimacy of purpose for inflicting pain on animals and the ethics of the industry is often in question. The practice of animal testing in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields however, has long been a common practice in developing and improving biotechnology and has had much to show for it in the form of new drugs and new life saving procedures. Furthermore, the safety testing of drugs on animals before marketing (required by the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic …show more content…
This is partially the reason that the ethical principal of three R’s have been introduced. The three R’s stand to reduce the discomfort of animals by refining, reducing, and replacing animal testing where possible and answers to the question abusing the practice of animal testing where it is not necessary. When faced with a trade off for a necessity such as medical care, however, I believe that animal testing is condonable, and the excerpt above comes to show that majority of the general public is willing to marginalize animal welfare when faced with advancements in medical …show more content…
There are a plethora of technologies that we would not be able to live without and we owe the majority of our current medical technology to some form of animal experimentation. Animal testing has shown time and time again to contribute to the development of newer, more advanced technologies for sustaining and improving human life. Additionally, without animals to perform safety tests on, many individuals would suffer from first time trials, and in turn, many companies in the biomedical industry would suffer from the unjustifiably high potential for adverse reactions to drugs. The number of people harmed by the absence of animal experimentation would outweigh the number of animals saved in the

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