Essay The Futile Death Of Over 10million Animals
1139 Words Feb 9th, 2016 5 Pages
One of the biggest issues surrounding medical research can be found in the methods used to obtain this information. A recent study revealed that Oxford University has killed over 200,000 animals so far and 4.12 million tests are carried out every year in total including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds. This is more than just a staggering number; it is representative of the naivety of research centres and governments all over the world. Despite the argument that animal testing is necessary when developing new medicine and data, it is undeniable that the number of tests carried out annually can, and should, be reduced dramatically.
Alternatives in testing:
The promotion for NEAVS website presents the reality of numerous alternatives which are considerably more reliable, less expensive and more morally responsible. Alternative options include in vitro (test tube) test methods and models based on the human cell and tissue cultures, computerised patient-drug database and virtual drug trials, computer models, simulations, stem cell and genetic testing methods. These methods are significantly more cost-effective, efficient and environmentally friendly. In the case of Corrositex (Synthetic skin) it can determine chemical corrosivity in three minutes compared with vivisection, which can take up to four weeks.