Subject: Is Animal Testing Necessary?
- Posted Feb 07, 2017 at 9:33 PM PST
Forum: Is Animal Testing Necessary?
Each year, millions of animals are used for testing in the U.S. Testing purposes range from medical, like testing medications, and commercial, such as testing cosmetics. These procedures and tests are often performed on living animals. According to Humane Society International, “All procedures, even those classified as ‘mild,’ have the potential to cause the animals physical as well as psychological distress and suffering. Often the procedures can cause a great deal of suffering. Most animals are killed at the end of an experiment, but some may be re-used in subsequent experiments.” Organizations against animals testing argue that it is not only unethical to conduct such tests on sentient creatures, but the tests don’t provide relevant research. Many of these groups propose testing on human cells and tissue in a petri dish, or by using computer models. Proponents of animals testing argue that these new methods are not as accurate as testing on living animals. Animal testing has resulted in many life-saving medicines and treatments for humans. Both the hepatitis B and polio vaccines would not have been discovered without animal testing. An experiment using dogs for testing led to the discovery of insulin, used for saving the lives of diabetics. Do you think medical testing on animals should continue? Why or why not?