The Ethics Of Animal Research Essay

1266 Words Oct 1st, 2015 null Page
Animal Research is, has always been, and will most likely continue to be a delicate subject. The use of animals in research ranges from cosmetics to medical and wherever there are animals being tests there are groups of people arguing the morality and ethics of the testing being done. Excluding cosmetics and the like for now (that’s a different argument), the use of animal research in neuroscience is absolutely necessary and though it is a sensitive issue, there are ways to make it more ethically acceptable and to protect the animals themselves from blatant cruelty.
Today, animal research is more humane than it has ever been. There are plenty of people out there protecting animal rights and advocating for animals that are used for testing. The Society for Neuroscience, for instance, has specific policies and guidelines for animal research. It refers researchers to the U.S. Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy), which provides detailed rules and procedures for safe and humane animal testing. The PHS Policy states that “no activity involving animals may be conducted or supported by the PHS until the institution conducting the activity has provided a written Assurance acceptable to the PHS, setting forth compliance with this Policy” (Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare). Furthermore, members of the Society for Neuroscience are required to comply with these policies and prove that they have done so before they are allowed to…

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