Animal Testing: Beneficial In the 1930s, Hitler passed anticruelty laws against animals in Germany. This seems strange considering the way Hitler treated humans during World War II. Various life-saving procedures have been discovered and perfected by animal testing. “How would you feel if the one research project that may save your child’s life was priced out of existence because pound animals were banned from testing” (Rowan 93). Without animal testing, humans would have to face the negative effects drugs and products can have before being perfected for human use.
Some think animal testing is cruel although the provides endless advances. Imagine how it would affect humans if there were no animal testing. If many of the drugs people take today were not first tested on animals, they would not be protected from the unknown symptoms the drug could cause. Life is of far greater value to a human, than to an animal with no self-awareness (Rowan 86). Animals do not appreciate and understand life the way humans do. Animals live for the moment and do not worry about the past or future.If testing was done on humans, they may live with not only the physical side effects of drugs, but also, it could affect one’s future.
A drug may have a permanent ailment that a person would have to live with the rest of his life. Veterinarian Dr. George Poste said, “As a veterinarian and someone who has spent three decades in biomedical research in academia and the pharmaceutical industry, I know that animal research saves lives” (Poste). Although animal research saves lives, the main opposition to animal testing claims that it is cruel and inhumane.While it may sometimes appear animal testing is cruel and inhumane, studies show however; that in most facilities, animals are cared for and are not treated badly. “Whether an organization is private, non-profit, government based or at a university campus, the rules and regulations all apply to each facility. Animals must be treated humanely… as well as being given any pain relievers where appropriate to minimize animal suffering” (“Where”). Goals are set to ensure that animals used in testing receive a high standard of care and are treated humanely and with respect and suffering should be minimized (“Pets”).
If these goals and guidelines are not followed, the testing institution will have repercussions. The USDA fined New York University Medical Center $450,000 for assorted violations of the Animal Welfare Act (Rowan 92). In several laboratories, the animals are bred to be test animals and live there long term. While they are living there, the technicians tend to grow close to the animals and make sure they animals receive the best of care (“Pets”). Although the opposition tries to make a case for animal testing being cruel and inhumane, the research clearly shows otherwise.The main advantage to animal testing is the medical advances it provides. Without animal testing, medicine would not be at the level it is at today. Poste also tells us that, “Animal studies continue to be necessary for advancing human and animal health and have played a vital role in virtually every major medical advance” (Poste).
Before the introduction of insulin, patients with diabetes typically died from the disease. For more than fifty years, this lifesaving hormone had to be extracted from the pancreas of cattle or pigs. The insulin was also then tested for safety on mice (Rowan 84).The finding of vaccines for diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, rabies, tuberculosis, and measles relied heavily on animal experimentation (Rowan 83). These once common, deadly diseases are no longer viewed as a threat to society because of the vaccine created from animal testing. Because of testing on mice and rabbits, a vaccine was found for Hemophilus influenza type B. This was a major cause of meningitis, which before 1993, killed or caused severe brain damage to over 800 kids a year.
Within two months, the infection was down seventy percent (Rowan 83-84).Without animal testing, there may not be these countless lifesaving drugs and procedures today that humans now count as a routine part of life. Animals in testing labs are treated better than Hitler treated the humans he tested on during World War II. The animals are cared for and are given pain killers if a test may be painful. If animal testing was banned, there would be permanent negative effects on humans.
Although animal testing is pictured as being cruel, animals are cared for and the advances it brings outweighs any opposition.One should look up any medicines they are taking to see if they were tested on animals. How would one be affected by the medicine if it had not been first tested on animals? Works Cited “Animal Testing a Necessary Research Tool, For Now. ” 2010. 10 Mar. 2010.
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