Another Look at Animal Testing
When it comes to animal testing, one of the first thing most people think of, is that animals are used simply for bettering and improving cosmetics. Many would argue that using helpless animals for tests without a huge benefit to society is not fair, and their innocent lives are worth more. However, animal testing is actually crucial and beneficial for society. Animal testing may be cruel, nevertheless the animals allow the medical practices to advance, the military to attain knowledge and the population of both human and animal is not effected in anyway therefore, animal research should continue.
The first and important point that needs to be understood is that medicine is one of the most significant necessities in today’s society. Medicinal advancement is only possible by understanding the benefits for both humans and animals. The Global Resource for Scientific Evidence in Animal Research states, “bodies of animals are like humans in a way that they perform many vital functions such as breathing, digestion, movement, sight, hearing and reproducing.”(Animal Research Information, n.d.), unlike other organisms. A great example, is trees, scientists cannot use trees for research on human lung development because trees do not breathe the same ways humans do, nor do they have any relationship to the human biological structure. Therefore, it makes animals the primary source. By testing animals, humans are able to discover ways to cure many diseases that may not have been possible long-ago. For instance, in the mid 1990’s “diphtheria, pertussis, tuberculosis, measles, and mumps were all deadly at one time” (Watson, 2009, p. 30), therefore, research and tests play a significant role in the development of vaccines and achieve that the diseases listed above are nonexistent today. Another example of why animals are used is found in the article written by Murnaghan where he writes, “beagles are often used and are considered an effective model for diseases and conditions in humans. Areas including hormonal disorders, cardiology, ostepophatic studies have all benefited for the use of dogs” (Murnaghan, 2011). As a result, the problems and the diseases people face are able to be resolved and benefit people through the use of animals.
Besides the medical research benefiting humans, there is also a great significance for biomedical research that leads directly to veterinary treatments. As noted in Informed Discussion on Animal Welfare in Animal Testing “animal testing helps to ensure that livestock remain healthy by preventing disease and also providing treatments to deal with the disease should [they] unfortunately occur”(Murnaghan, 2010) making medical treatments also beneficial for animals. The veterinarians are able to treat diseases and carry out what they already know, because scientists have already gained and understood what happens to the body when it falls ill through animal testing. As a result, when people take their...