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Should animal testing be banned?
It is better to test products with potential risks on animals rather than people.
It is unethical to test products on humans that have not undergone animal testing.
Animal testing is often used to test the
of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to minimize harm to humans.
, a set of research rules drawn up after the horror of Nazi experimentation on humans in concentration camps, specifies that products should be tested on animals before humans.
It is more efficient and less risky to test on a few animals than to let potential dangers spread to the majority of the human population.
Testing on humans is a lot more expensive than testing on animals. The medicine still needs to be tested thoroughly before being released to the public which would require more testing on humans. Considering the research funding wouldn't change, it would greatly hurt the progress of medicine.
Testing products shouldn't be framed as a choice between two completely opposed to each other ways: experimenting on animals or on humans. Testing on humans is sometimes not dangerous at all and there are also alternatives to both testing on humans and on other animals.
Just because it protects humans from harm, that doesn't justify the needless harming of animals.
indicates that animal experimentation is an inadequate basis for predicting clinical outcomes in human beings in the great bulk of biomedical science. As a result, humans can be subject to significant and avoidable harm.