The Right Choice Essay

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The Right Choice

The use of animals for medical experimentation has been one of the most controversial issues in our world since the seventeenth century. Edward Augustus Freeman stated, “The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, faithful animal race form the blackest chapter in the whole world's history.” In the United States, it is estimated that twenty to seventy million animals including cats, dogs, primates, rabbits, rats, and mice suffer and die in the name of research. At least thirty-three animals die in laboratories each second worldwide, in the UK, one every four seconds (Vivisection Information Network Plan 2000, Leaflet 4). Who has the authority to make a choice that the human race is a greater race than that
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An animal is no less sensible of pain than a man. He has similar nerves and organs of sensation; and his cries and groans, in case of violent impressions upon his body, though he cannot utter his complaints by speech, or human voice, are as strong indications to us of his sensibility of pain, as the cries and groans of a human being, whose language we do not understand...A man can have no right to abuse and torment a beast (Humphry Primatt 1742). Is animal experimentation a price too high for some to pay? I guess the answer would depend on whether you were asking a human, a researcher, or an animal.

Animal experiments occur when a researcher has an educated ‘guess’. Then they must decide whether the benefits will outweigh the costs of the experiments. Scientifically, there are no correct answers to the question until the experiment has proven to be beneficial. More often than not, researchers will run into roadblocks when trying to compare results found in animals with results found in humans. When asked if they agreed that animal experiments can be misleading ‘because of anatomical and physiological differences between animals and humans’, 88% of doctors agreed (Tony Page 103). The SmithKline Beecham International Report shows that 95% of drugs passed by animal tests are immediately discarded as useless or dangerous to humans. Although the lives of many animals are destroyed for the purpose of medicine, forty percent of patients will

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