Essay about Should Animals Be Used For Medical Experimentation?

1215 Words Nov 29th, 2015 5 Pages
“Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year,” (“11 Facts”). The use of animals for medical testing is a process that “... has been used since as early as the 300s B.C., when Aristotle would perform experiments on live animals,” (Hajar). During testing, animals are put in small, compact cages and go through experiments that leave them with not just bumps and bruises, but also deep, bloody cuts, large rashes, infections, and sometimes death. These animals do not have the ability to run away or fight back against scientists, who only care about getting the results of the tests and not the actual well being of the animals. Animals should not be used for medical experimentation because it is morally wrong, it is not helpful to scientific innovation, and there are other scientific inventions that could be utilized. Some might argue that most medical advances were made because experiments on animals were used. This is true because, “...thanks to animal-based research, there is a new molecular and genetic understanding of tumor biology, leading to treatments that set out to more directly kill cancer cells…” ("Animal Research”). Cancer is just one example of a disease that benefitted from animal testing. Some others include Parkinson’s Disease, Hepatitis C, and Epilepsy. ("Animal Research”). Another point that one may argue is that many experiments do not hurt animals and are tolerable. This can be found in the journal Nature Genetics…

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