The Ethics On The Morality Of Animal Research Essay

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The Ethics on the Morality of Animal Research
In this paper I will discuss the wrongness of animal testing based on the falsification of the biological account of moral status. All sentient creatures, no matter what their biology, matter morally. Animals used in research labs for testing are sentient, therefore they have moral status. In Cohen’s paper, he describes the testing of animals for human benefit to be morally permissible because they do not have human membership (Cohen, p. 94) However, the more important relevance here is that humans and animals are more similar than stated, and that animals can feel pain and pleasure just as humans do. Cohen explains that the important differences in humans and animate life are the morally relevant differences- “Humans engage in moral reflection; humans are morally autonomous; humans are members of moral communities, recognizing just claims against their own interest. Human beings do have rights; theirs is a moral status very different from that of cats or rats” (Cohen, p. 97). This claim of severely different moral status is wrong. Animals have interests, and can feel pain on a similar level as humans, so why are they given less consideration? (Singer, 1979). If we are testing things on animals to see a reaction that could be the same in humans, we must be more similar than believed. When researchers test products on animals, they look for a change in behavior, internal function, and emotion. They believe that these responses…

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