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Should animal testing be banned?
Testing on animals is cheaper than testing on humans.
Human pharmaceutical 'guinea pigs' earn on average
A lab rat costs around
The increase in testing costs that a ban on animal testing would imply would result in a significant increase to drug development costs.
Lower costs mean that new trials can be started more quickly, meaning that products are safely available to people faster.
This is only because animals are not compensated in the way that humans are, so cost savings are only achieved through exploitation of animals.
Cheaper or more profitable does not make it right.
Testing on prisoners may be cheaper than testing on animals, but we wouldn't infringe the prisoners' rights just for financial viability. Financial viability alone can never be the basis of something's legality.