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Should animal testing be banned?
Animal testing is
for scientific development.
Lifesaving drugs and medicines
have come from tests on animals to ensure products are safe.
Virtually every advance in medical science in the 20th century, from antibiotics and vaccines to antidepressant drugs and organ transplants, has been achieved either directly or indirectly through the use of animals in laboratory experiments. (Brute Science: Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation,
Animal experiments allow scientists to observe how potential cures interact with
of the cells, tissues and systems within an organism. This is difficult to achieve using using alternative methods.
The effect that science and progress have had for humans more than outweighs the harm to a small number of animals.
Not all animal testing is done for science; animals are often tested on by
Research with humans
is also necessary to medical progress and scientific development, but we have set strict limits on the extent to which humans can be exposed to risk and harm in research, even though doing so has undoubtedly slowed the rate of medical progress that might otherwise be achievable.
There are preferable
to animal testing that are more accurate and more humane.
Millions of animals are wasted in worthless animal tests; there is
of testing because scientists don't share research and tests are conducted in areas that do little to advance our knowledge.