Essay on The Pros and Cons of Animal Testing

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The argument as to whether or not animal testing should be done has been going on for decades. Medical laboratories and shelters are common places where most animals are tested. Animals are typically used because they are cheap and easily obtainable. Some believe that the usage of animals is morally and ethically wrong because animals are still considered thinking and breathing living things. Others believe that because they are not human, that they can do whatever they want with them. The implementation of laws has also been in discussion to avoid inhumane treatment of animals.
Animal testing as well as the argument as to if it should be done for the purpose of medical research has been around for centuries. The first recorded account
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But it is argued that the testing on animals is cruel for the fact that they are living and breathing beings who are unable to give consent to the work that is being done upon them (Murnaghan, 2013). Others argue that the medical tests done on animals is to better aid the human race so it is a valid form of research. Governments are stepping in to determine what is being done to decide what exactly can be done to these animals and how far can researchers go in types of testing, the number of animals to be used and the way animals are cared for during the research.
A large group who are in favor of animal testing being an acceptable form of research, are those involved in scientific communities. Plenty of medical breakthroughs have come from the testing of animals and they believe that should be the motive to continue testing. Those who agree with animal testing argue that the prevention of potential disasters is far greater than the lives of animals. Simply because they believe that human lives are far more superior to those of animals (Pro-Tests, 2006). Examples of successfully animal tests that aided humans include Jenner’s use of cows to create a vaccine for smallpox, monkeys aided in the treatment of polio and the testing on dogs and fish provided scientists with insulin and allowed diabetes to be more controllable. These examples provide a

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