The Need For Animal Experimentation

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Animal Experimentation has played a crucial role in medical advancements and medical training in the United States and around the globe for multiple decades now. In order for new medicines, treatments, and surgical procedures to be allowed legally, they have to prove to be safe and effective by government funded organizations, like the FDA. Animals used in research have been proven necessary for these newly founded medicines, treatments, and procedures to be brought into practice. For instance, kidney and liver transplantation. This type of research, animal experimentation, has lead the way for new drugs as well. While scientists search for a drug to cure Alzheimer’s Disease, my grandfather, William G. Jenkins, has passed away from the …show more content…
say animals, they are referring to rodents. Approximately 95 percent of animals used in research, particularly medical, are disease carrying rats and mice (Driscoll and Finley). However, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, stand by the mantra “animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, here for our entertainment, and not ours to abuse in any way” (Animal Rights). The organization and their activist hold on to the belief that all animals have rights, even rodents. Rats have the same rights as I do? If the nation agrees to what P.E.T.A is proposing, we are agreeing to giving the rodents the same rights as humans. Although it is inhumane to blatantly abuse rodents, using them in testing is not abusive, unethical, inhumane or immoral. Using animals to understand deadly diseases, to prevent, and cure any ailments in the future is anything but wrong,however, using them to beautify someone can be unethical. Scientists conduct research under the idea of the “three R’s.” The R’s consist of replace, reduce, and refine. Under the principle of refine, scientists and doctors civilize the testing to make certain that the animals suffer as little pain as possible. Doing so by improving housing and the way procedures are carried out to better the animal’s welfare (Understanding Animal Research). Further proving the fact that the animals used in research are not harmed in a malicious way and suffering is kept to a minimum. Finding cures and medicines for fatal illnesses outweighs any small pain rodents might go through. Yet P.E.T.A. continues to disagree, making the progression of medicine extra difficult to

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