Should animals be used in testing new drugs and procedures?

October 6, 2010 9:22am CST
Medical research involving animals has dramatically improved the health of the human race.Without animal testing,the cure for polio would not exist and diabetics would suffer or die from their disease.Despite these benefits,some people believe that animals should be not be used for testing medical techniques and drugs. This essay will outline the advantages of animal testing.Animal testing allows scientists to test and create new drugs.Animals such as monkeys or rabbits have similar physical processes to humans.This allows scientists to test the effects of certain drugs.If a drug produces adverse effects in animals it is probably unfit for human use.Many people argue that animal testing is cruel. In some cases this is true.However it would be much more cruel to test new drugs on people or children, or to let people die because there was not enough information about a drug. Furthermore, legislation in most countries sets standards for animal treatment, and laboratories have guidelines to prevent cruelty.Opponents of animal research also say that information from animals does not apply to humans.They point to certain commercial drugs which have been withdrawn because of side-effects in humans While it is true that animal systems differ from human systems,there are enough similarities to apply information from animals to humans.Animal testing is needed in the world we live in.Our responsibility is to manage the animals in our care and balance their suffering against the good that comes from them.
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@IoanaBI (494)
• Romania
6 Oct 10
Hello Lawrencejacob! Very interesting discussion you started. I am a member of that group of people, who do not go and support the life of the animals in front of the research laboratories..I know that this study has to be done, and i like to know that the products and medicine i used were tested before and that i'm not a cobai. If children with no parrents were the object for testing, then i would go and protest, but being involved only animals, i think i can live with that murders