Inhumane And Cons Of Animal Testing

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Every year, approximately 26 millions animals are being used for commercial and scientific testing according to http://animal-testing.procon.org/. Many new developments are made due to animal testing, such as, medical treatments, diagnosing the toxicity of medications, and examining whether products are safe for human use. Although animal testings lead to many life saving treatments, it is considered inhumane and cruel to many because it often inflicts a great amount of pain and suffering on the living organism that is being tested. Also in recent years, many alternative methods for researching have been discovered and can replace the use of animals all together. Animal research has been around for many decades because of the advantages such …show more content…
One of the big controversy of animal testing is that it is believed to be cruel and inhumane. It is widely known that there have been experiments with animal subjects where animals have been harmed and mistreated to the point of death, and highlighted the need for some sort of protection of animals, which came in the form of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), but 95% of the animals that are being tested are not protected under the AWA, such as, birds, mice ,and rats who are bred for research, according to http://animal-testing.procon.org/. Another big point of controversy is that there have been cases where they do not show a side-effect that could be seen in a human consumer or they do not actually work on humans, when it is thought to have found a cure. For example, the drugs thalidomide and Vioxx, with the latter causing 27,000 cases of heart attacks and cardiac arrests. Lastly, the cost of using animals in research is higher than using other alternatives, such as the Animal Humane Societies in vitro, which costs around $11,000 to conduct compared to the $32,000 is would cost to do an animal study. Overall the use of animals for research is harmful to the animals who don 't have aren 't protected as best as they can be and is more expensive than using alternative methods to conduct …show more content…
In my personal opinion, I feel that the use of animals in human research is ethical depending on the type of animal they are using for their scientific research and what type of research they are conducting. For example, scientific research that are essential for the good of mankind, or is solving a world issues, like cancer, would be okay with me. As for the type of animals used, I feel like it would be okay to use something like mice or rats, or a type of animal that is common and is commonly used in psychological experiments. To me, the kind of animals that the experimenter should not use is endangered and animals that most people have an emotional connection with, such as common house pets or monkeys, which are closely related to humans. Although animals are easy to conduct an experiment on, we must also acknowledge that they are living organisms with pain receptors and feelings like us. Therefore, it is very important for the conductor to inflict as minimal pain on the animals as much as possible, and to not prolong the suffering process for the animals. Despite the numerous pros and cons of animal testing, our ethical aspect dominate the overall view. Which simply means that eventually emotions is the ultimate factor in whether a person believes animals testing is ethical or

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