Saturday, 14 July 2012

Bank Essays 2. Animals for Experiments

Should animals be used in testing new drugs and medical researches?
Animals enjoy rights. They should be treated with kindness. So I think, we should not induce pain on them in the name of testing new drugs and medical researches. Medical research using animals has helped to improve dramatically the health of the human race. Without animal testing, the cure for polio and diabetes would not have been invented. Despite these benefits, I believe that animals should not be used for testing medical techniques and drugs.  It is justifiable as long as we it does minimal damage to the animal.

On the one hand, animal testing allows scientists to test and create new drugs. Animals such as monkeys, rabbits and rats have similar physical processes to man. This allows scientists to test the effects of certain drugs on them. If the drugs produce any adverse effect on animals, it is unfit for human use. Animal testing is economical and practical. There is a huge supply of these animals for medical research. Animals are easily bred, and maintained safely in controlled labs.

On the other hand, the cost of testing on humans would be extremely high. Many people argue that animal testing is cruel. In some cases this is true. However, it would be much more cruel to test new drugs on people. Letting people die because there was not enough information about a drug is barbaric. Furthermore, legislation in most countries set standards for animal treatment, and laboratories have guidelines to prevent cruelty.

To conclude, animal testing needed in the world we live in. We have a responsibility to treat the animals with care and kindness. It is hoped that in the near future, we can dispense with their service in the invention of new medicines. (words 280)  

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