Should animals be used in testing new drugs and procedures?
Animal testing may be necessary, but we need to be merciful. While most people think animal testing is necessary, others are upset by what they see as needless suffering. (In this essay I will look at) This essay looks at some of the positive and negative aspects of animal testing.
Without animal testing, many procedures or new drugs would be extremely unsafe. For example, since animals, like the chimpanzee or the rat, share many characteristics with human beings, scientists use animals to test the safety and effectiveness of newly developed drugs before pilot testing on small groups of patients. Furthermore, medical teams practice new operating techniques such as transplants on animals.
However, there are many people who are concerned that animals suffer unnecessarily and cruelly. First, they do not believe that every new drug needs to be tested on animals, especially with the huge database of knowledge and modern computer models. Second, they are worried that many animal tests are ineffective, pointing out that any drugs have had to be withdrawn from the market despite extensive testing. They particularly feel that animal testing should not be used for non-essential products such as cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, and cleaning products. Some campaigners would even like to see certain tests replaced and more humane methods used.
In conclusion, I believe that we need to make sure that the millions of animals who are used for testing new products are treated with the minimum of suffering. Although some animal testing may be unavoidable at present, treating our fellow creatures as mercifully as possible will demonstrate our humanity.
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