Over the course of time, animal testing has served as an implement to enhance the life quality of humans. Even the great medic Galen of Pergamon used animals for research which made him become the father of vivisection. According to the article “Should Vivisection be abolished” by Bayard Webster, vivisection “is a surgery on a living organism for experimental purposes.” Furthermore, Niccolo Machiavelli once said, “The end justifies the means.” It is a modest way to express how science has developed because of the use of animals in scientific research. Nowadays, some people have started a revolt to stop the usage of living beings on medical research. Nevertheless, animal rights activists forget that sacrificing an animal to save thousands of human lives is such an acceptable trade.
Over the course of time, several facts and statistics confirm the usefulness of animals on medical research. According to the article “What is Animal Testing,” “Animal testing refers to the experimentation carried out on animals. It is used to assess the safety and effectiveness of everything from medication to cosmetics, as well as understanding how the human body works.” Moreover, animal testing has been very useful in medicine since humans “share 95% of their genes with a mouse, making them effective models for the human body,” as Roger Stuart stated in his article “Forty Reasons Why We Need Animals in Research.” Furthermore, most of drugs and vaccines in order for them to be effective, they have to be proven on animals. For example, Roger Stuart says, “Modern anesthetics, the tetanus vaccine, penicillin and insulin all relied on animal research in their development.” If they were not tested on an organism, scientists could not know if the vaccine works.
Over the course of time, there have been several deaths caused by illnesses, such as cancer, which can be treated if scientists find a cure through animal testing. For instance, my female best friend graduated from High school the last year. She was chosen to give the traditional speech of the best student of the class. Besides, her mother was looking at her; she seemed so happy because her daughter finally will start a new crossing. The poor woman had cancer, and her soul looked tired. But she was there to celebrate her daughter’s achievements. My friend dedicated her speech to her mother, and when she was done, she left the auditorium falling tears from her eyes. Those were tears of happiness and sorrow mixed. Six months later, her mother passed away because of her breast cancer. Therefore, human kind do need animals on research to avoid this kind of cases, and scientists must still struggling against the threat of illnesses.
Nowadays, animal rights activists say that animal testing should not be practiced because of three main reasons. The first one, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) poses, “Little evidence exists to support the idea that animal experimentation has...