Topic: Animal Testing
Should we ban animal experimentation?
There has been a controversy between animal rights supporters and scientists about whether it is right to use animals in experimental research. Also, it is very debatable whether using animals for such research results in finding a cure for diseases. Using animals for medical research is ethical a long as it contributes to scientific development and helps scientists find ways to improve human health. And this practice is only acceptable on the condition that necessary pains are taken and animals are treated humanely.
Many people are against animal testing on both moral and scientific ground. Morally, animal testing is often extremely cruel and completely unnecessary. For example, it was reported from an undercover footage that dogs were being force-fed weedkiller in a laboratory. Allegedly, this was to see how toxic weedkiller was. However, it had already been tested on humans, and the dogs were being given 50 times what had been established as a dangerous dose for humans. What possible reason could there have been for this? Many people believe that it is nothing but torture and find these sorts of animal cruelty utterly repugnant.
Scientifically, testing products meant for humans on animals is unreliable and potentially dangerous. Animals react differently to humans to many substances, rendering many tests pointless. For example, a contraceptive called Tamoxifen was once developed which was tested on rats. It worked as intended, and was given to humans. However, it had the opposite effect on women, actually increasing their fertility. Others think that it’s archaic as Forward-thinking scientists have developed humane, modern, and effective non-animal research methods, including human-based micro dosing, in vitro technology, human-patient simulators, and sophisticated computer modelling, that are cheaper, faster, and more accurate than animal tests.
On the other hand, many...