The Importance Of Animal Research

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Anyone that has ever been vaccinated against measles, polio, chicken pox, or any other disease, then you have directly benefited from animal research. Animal research has been used for millennia by scientists and doctors to understand diseases that affect humans and to find treatments. Animals such as monkeys, dogs, and rabbits, have been popular in medical testing due to the wide array of genetic similarities between them and humans. Vaccines developed on animals have benefited humans and even other animals. People have begun to see animal testing as inhumane and unnecessary, but scientists continue to back up animal research with the positive results it has yielded. Animals should continue to be used for vaccine testing because they are ideal …show more content…
Groups such as PETA have taken a stand against animal testing with the use of violence, while groups like the Humane Society reject animal research in a more peaceful manner. Today, the government relies on animal testing for the drugs and vaccines used on humans, and “to meet US and EU regulations, medicines must be successfully treated in two species of animals before moving to human clinical trials” (Experimenting). Europe and the United States trust the results of animal testing enough to make it mandatory for all vaccines. The two governments use animals as a precaution to lessen the number of human illnesses and fatalities during human clinical trials, which saves time and resources for the medical world and the consumers. The medical industry recognizes the benefits of animal research by “rewarding about two-thirds of the Nobel Prizes in physiology or medicine to researchers who made medical advancements through the use of animal experimentation” (Hile 72). Doctors and scientists agree that using animals to test new medicine and vaccines is vital for the advancement of medicine. Certain treatments cannot be tested accurately in a petri dish due to the complexity of living organisms, and can only be tested through the use of animals. Despite the benefits of animal testing, many mammals are not treated humanely in labs. The laws in place to protect research animals from mistreatment, don’t cover certain animals, …show more content…
Animal testing is not always reliable. Studies have shown around 90% of drugs that pass tests on animals fail during human clinical trials (Should Animals; Experimenting). Testing on any animal, human or not, is a gamble. Researchers conduct experiments with the expectation that it will fail, and when it does, scientists use the failed experiment to fix the treatment for future tests. Along with their opinion that animal testing is unnecessary, animal rights activists are concerned that research animals receive poor treatment and care. However, “scientists, veterinarians, physicians, surgeons, and others who do research in animal laboratories are as much concerned about the care of the animals as anyone can be” (Animal Research 8). Animal rights groups make assumptions about the treatment of animals in research labs without accurate research to back up their statements. The groups say the animals are not adequately cared for, yet in reality the researchers are always making sure the animals are treated humanely and live comfortably. Additionally, “animal research has been regulated by the federal Animal Welfare Act. the AWA, since 1966. As well as stipulating minimum housing standards for research animals…

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