Essay on Animal Research: A Necessary Evil

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It has long been debated as to whether it is ethical to use animals for experimentation. When considering whether animal research is ethically acceptable or not two main concerns must be raised. The first issue is whether it is absolutely necessary to use animals in order to acquire information that may contribute to the improvement of people’s health and well-being. The second issue is whether the use of animals is defendable on a moral ground. Supporters of animal research believe that animal experimentation and research is ethically acceptable as long as the treatment of the animals is humane and well-regulated. Some of the reasons why people support animal research includes the furthering of human well-being, providing the means …show more content…
Those who are staunchly against the proposition of animal research believe animals should not be used for testing because there is no species of animal that is identical to humans, and therefore cannot have reactions identical to those of humans. Because the reactions of animals and humans differ, there is always a problem with the application of the results of animal experimentation to humans (Francione, 2007). It is also argued that because animals are able to think and possess many of the same emotional responses as humans it is morally reprehensible to experiment and test animals. It is suggested by some of those who oppose animal experimentation that animal research should be abolished and that research done on humans ought to take its place (Francione, 2007). Those who are opposed to animal research also make the argument that the data that is found from animal testing can be unreliable. For example, the differences in toxicity tests using animals can vary dramatically depending on which method is being used (Francione, 2007). People who are against animal research are also concerned with the treatment of the animals that are being tested. They believe animals should not have to live in

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