Animal Testing, Life Wasting
Today, a much debated topic is whether animals should be used in medical experiments or not. Supporters, including professors, and research scientists in laboratory medicine, believe that using animals as experimental subjects is essential to drug research. In particular, they believe animal experiments help humans discover drugs that slow the progress of the human immunodeficiency virus. They think it is the most effective method to confirm the safety of the drugs, to avoid losing people’s lives, and to save the research funding. In their opinion, human lives would be jeopardized without animal experimentation. However, in fact, animal testing is not an exactly correct method to solve the medical problem, not only because it is ineffective and unnecessary but also because it is immoral and ignores animals’ rights. For these reasons, animals should not be used in medical experiments. The first reason why animals should not be used in medical experiments is that it is ineffective and can be substituted by many other alternatives in the modern scientific community. For people who believe that using animals as experimental subjects is essential to drug research, the modern medical achievements can prove that they are wrong by providing large number of evidence. Some people believe that animal testing is the safe way which can protect humans from virus attacks. Conversely, some people are harmed by using the medication that is proven by animal testing. For example, experiments with different mice can fail to turn up any connections between cancer and smoking. During 1976 to 1985, due to the dangerous side effects that were discovered had not been found in animal experiments, and 102 medications were either withdrawn or relabelled secondary to severe side effects. Many medication users get lethal dysrhythmias, heart attacks, kidney failure, seizures, respiratory arrest, liver failure etc. (Simith, 2010)What is more, animal experiments mislead scientists about how rapidly HIV replicates, and many people lost their lives in mistreatment. Animal testing was not only ineffective previously, but also in modern research. There is a new era of animal testing today. A medical report says that current medications used to treat AIDS were discovered in a test tube and bypassed animal testing altogether. AIDS research with primates has also shown a high level of failure and is another example that shows animal testing is not the most effective method (Greek, 1998). Therefore, animal testing obviously is not a good protector as once thought. To some extent, instead of relying on animal experiments for their research findings, people should use the alternative methods that can directly relate to human beings which are so necessary and important. Therefore, using animals as the experimental subjects is absolutely not the right or effective choice. Due to this fact, there are many organizations that have tried to regulate animal rights for medical research. The U.S. Department of Agriculture claims that there is 70% public approval for use of animal in medical research. Studies show that if the 3 R’s of animal research – refinement, reduction and replacement are adhered to people will forgive the inhumane treatment. (Corey, 2000) These regulations don’t reflect the suffering of the animals. Refine methods is to minimize animal stress, Reduce means the number of animals used should be at a minimum, and Replace means to use an alternative whenever possible. (Council, 2000). Life in any form is a “thinking” man’s responsibility. People can only know that animals suffer when used in a laboratory. How can human not know that! Human cringes hyphen they see a dead squirrel on the road, or a dead cat, or see a horse suffering from injury. When human deliberately torture animals in the name of medical research, they lower their mentality to the lowest denomination. George Orwell says, “Man is the only...
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