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Fighting Animal testing!
Animals have been a part of scientific experiments ever since 17th century and expanded across Europe over the 19th century. The advancement of the medical science made testing medicines on animals legal in the Medicines Act, 1968 which majorly accelerated the number of animals tested upon to over 5.5 million in 1970. Even though animals aided in most medical advances such as insulin, polio vaccine, penicillin and elimination of small pox, the animal welfare standards were not regulated until 1st January 2013 in UK, which led to a steep decline in the number of animals. CITATION His13 \l 1033 (Anon., 2013)This essay is to draw attention towards protection against the use of animals in medical experiments. Animal testing is undeniably cruel to the species as countless of them are killed and injured in experiments and held captive for their lives for further torture. There are so many tests, which are conducted on them and are not approved and ultimately there is loss of lives of animals without any benefit to human beings. Moreover, there is a huge amount of money spent to conduct such tests (which may take months), the animals are supposed to be fed, caged, cared and drugged. CITATION Ian14 \l 1033 (Murnaghan, 2014)Human beings differ from animals and have a more complex body than that of animals which is why experiments done on them are not sufficiently accurate and therefore cannot be relied upon. CITATION Hel11 \l 1033 (Marston, 2011)According to Archibald (2005), have found animal testing less predictive than tossing a coin. Hundreds of drugs have been effective and safe on animals, which are tested but have killed or injured humans in clinical treatments. “Of 22 drugs shown to have been therapeutic in spinal cord injury in animals, not one is effective in humans. Of 20 compounds known not to cause cancer in humans, 19 do cause cancer in rodents.” Many multinational companies have...
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