The Ethics Of Ethics: The Importance Of Animal Testing

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The importance of ethics in any given person’s day-to-day life is major, yet many do not realize this or even consciously think about it. The unique values everyone holds are used on the daily to make decisions ranging from donating change to a homeless man, to returning a lost, wallet, to being honest at work. Many of the ethical decisions made on an everyday basis happen without a second thought, since there is a general knowing between right and wrong. However, many people do not seem to realize how far these ethics can stretch in daily living. Most people always try to choose and do the right thing, but they still use or purchase products tested on animals. How could someone say they are an ethical person when they are doing unethical things? …show more content…
It is understandable that this type of research was necessary in the past in order to learn, but with the age we are in, animal testing seems archaic. An article from the Medical Daily states, “In ancient times, scientists made use of animals principally to satisfy anatomical curiosity. Early Greek physician-scientists performed experiments on living animals. Herophilus and Erasistratus, for example, examined sensory nerves, motor nerves, and tendons in order to understand their functional differences” (Scutti). It seems a bit outrageous that scientists are using research methods from ancient times for experimenting and testing in the current time. Animal research was performed in those times to understand body functions and basic biology and now we have that information for the present, meaning there is no longer a need for experimentation. Since early scientists were able to make these discoveries, it is foolish to continue repeated research when we already know about mice brains or bird hearts. Now that we are in such an advanced era, there are numerous alternatives to animal testing that are not being used to the fullest. The United States National Research Council has, “expressed its vision of “a not-so-distant future in which virtually all routine toxicity testing would be conducted in human cells or cell lines”, and science leaders around the world have echoed this view” (“About Animal Testing”). More focus needs to be put into making these more effective research ideas work, rather than continuing to live in the dark ages of animal testing. There are various options, similar to this idea, using all the new age technology and science for testing that is more ethical and also more effective. Options involving in-vitro, computer model, and micro dosing methodologies are all feasible methods, which are not being given enough credit

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