“Animals can be used in medical research because humans are more important”

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"Animals can be used in medical research because humans are more important"
Around the world, animal testing is used throughout all aspects of life from beauty products
to drugs. British law requires that any new drug must be tested on at least two different
species of live mammal. Almost every medicinal drug used nowadays has been tested on
animals so that no harm is brought to the human race. Testing is usually done on animals like:
rats, fish, rabbits, sheep, cows, dogs, cats and monkeys.
Many people would agree with animals for several reasons that show the research on
animals is helping humans move forward in life:
Animal testing has helped to develop vaccines against diseases like rabies, polio,
measles, mumps, rubella and TB.
Antibiotics, HIV drugs, insulin and cancer treatments rely on animal tests. Other
testing methods aren't advanced enough.
Operations on animals helped to develop organ transplant and openheart surgery
Some agree with the reasons above but also believe animal testing is morally correct:
Human life has a greater (or intrinsic) value than animal life
Legislation protects all lab animals from cruelty or mistreatment. So all damage done
to animals are accidents
Millions of animals are killed for food every year. Medical research is surely a more
worthy death.
Also if anything goes wrong the animal will not suffer as they are killed before they
have a chance to feel pain.
Other people would argue against animal research with reasons like:
Animal experiments can be misleading as animals are not created exactly like humans
and therefore the response to the drug may differ.
Although research for medicinal purposes may be useful, tests are also carried out for
beauty products which do not help mankind at all.
There are alternatives like test tube studies on human tissue cultures, statistics and
computer models. So why play with an animal's life?
The main reasons why people are against animal testing are moral reasons. These could
include things like:
Animals have as much right to life as human beings
Deaths through research are absolutely unnecessary and are morally no different from
Control measures still do not prevent researchers from abusing animals
A percentage of people use religion to guide them with what's right or wrong. The bible can
be used for and against animal testing.
For animal testing:
God put mankind in charge of animals, to rule over them.
o "Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living
creature that moves on the ground"
Humans were made in `God's image' whereas animals were not.
o "Then God said `let us make man in our image"
God gave humans souls whereas there is nothing said about animals having souls.

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God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living
Against animal testing:
All animals are made by god and therefore we are equally valuable
Many experiments are made for curiosity's' sake or cosmetic purposes
"A man is worth many sparrows, but not one sparrow can die unnoticed in God's
I believe that animal testing should be allowed but only for medicinal purposes as this helps the
human race in many ways.…read more


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