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. If there are no other alternatives, and if it is possible that this will contribute to science, animals may be used for experimental research.
Although the animal rights activists claim that people and animals are equal and thus they should be treated equally, people and animals cannot be seen equal, and therefore the death of an animal cannot be the same thing as the death of a person. For that reason, causing animals to die for science, for the sake of saving human lives, may be considered ethical to some extent if it will contribute to the advancement of science and will be to the benefit of humanity in general; Obviously, the death of a mouse is preferable than the death of a sick child.
Furthermore, animal rights supporters label scientists as ‘cruel’ for causing animals to die in medical experiments. While they do not oppose the people, mostly farmers, who kill animals for food even though they know that 99% of animals deaths is caused by farmers while only a small percentage, less than 2% is caused by scientists; furthermore, Animal rights defenders claim that it will make no good to use animals in experiments because they are too different to be compared to people. Some of them even assert that it is better to use people directly as they think that the results of experiments on animals cannot be valid and reliable as long as the same observation has not been done on man also. However, these people cannot foresee the disastrous results of such a practice. Many people are likely to die until a healthy result is obtained,.
People and animals may not be the same, but to some degree there are similarities which can at least give scientists an idea about their experiments. From...
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