Should Animals be Used for Research? Essay

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We have all heard statements and read labels saying “against animal testing”, “animal cruelty-free product” and “no animals were harmed in the making of this movie…” Yet still to this day many companies continue to use animals for product and drug testing. Evidently, animal testing is a very controversial issue in the science and animal advocacy communities; as it serves as a safer and cost- efficient way to test new medicines and product lines. However, many will argue it is an unethical and inhumane way to treat animals, as science has made tremendous strides in evolution and can change their methods. With that being said, which argument holds more weight, cost and safety, over animal protection? Neither. The correct answer should be …show more content…
“Why animal experiments are not necessary.”
Secondly, not all medical research has been proven successful for humans through animal testing. As already stated in the previous paragraph, the diseases humans and animals develop are vastly different and are artificially induced in animals. Studies documented that these simulated diseases prove not to be effective on humans as they are on animals. Either they are temporary solutions or they have severe side effects which could lead to more discomfort and problems or even death. Due to the fact that modern drugs are “more complex and specific to humans, using animals to see if they work safely is even less useful, and may be dangerous.” (BUAV.org the campaign to end animal experiments)
“Over 1,000 potential treatments for stroke have been tested in animal models, only approximately 100 of these have been tested to human trials, and all of them failed. A review by the drug industry of animal experiments found that tests on rats and mice only predicted 43% of human side effects. And over 85 HIV/AIDS vaccines have been shown to work in monkeys, but to date none of these have worked in human trials.” (BUAV.org the campaign to end animal experiments, pg 5) “The history of cancer research has been the history of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer for decades and it simply didn’t work in human beings.” Dr. Richard Klausner former director of the US

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