Animal Testing: Who is the real beast? Essay

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Animal experimentation is a process involving the immoral and unethical treatment of animals in order to test the toxicity of a new product prior to its public release. The online biology dictionary describes it in the following manner: ‘’ Animal experimentation is the use of animals in experiments and development projects usually to determine toxicity, dosing and efficacy of test drugs before proceeding to human clinical trials.’’ (Biology Online/Dictionary/Animal testing)
Throughout history, animal experimentation has played a captious role in leading to advanced medical discoveries and human benefit. However, what a profuse group of individuals tend not to perceive are the enormous numbers of animal subjects that have suffered
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All forms of media, magazines, radio, television, newspapers, social media such as Facebook, have increased their exposure of animal right protests over the last several years while giving room for groups to produce their own publications. In these publications, activists constantly make the analogy between the work of abolitionists before the emancipation and the efforts of animal right activists. This analogy of racism and “speciesism” was brought about by a philosopher named Richard Ryder in 1985 and brings up the issue of research with animal subjects to be emotionally unpredictable for many people. (Sperling Susan – Applied Ethics in Animal Research Introduction pages 4-6)
One of the biggest problems and the main reason why animal experimentation should be banned is the large percentage of birth defects that occur. The difference is that humans may also have a longer period of fetal development and be more sensitive to birth defects agents than other species. One example of another problem with animal experimentation are that animals can be given nicotine directly as opposed to being exposed to it as a human would for years. Another would be that stress caused by animal handling, whether it be because of lack food or water, may have adverse effects on pregnancy or its ability to mate with the opposite sex. Also these tests are too insensitive and tend to

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