Ending Animal Cruelty

647 WordsFeb 4, 20183 Pages
Animal testing is used internationally to understand and create medicines and to test the safety of products. Almost 20 million animals are experimented on and killed annually worldwide, an estimated eight million of which are subjects in experiments involving pain while at least 10 percent of these animals do not receive painkillers (Andre & Velasquez, 1988). Clearly these experimentations are reducing the quality of life for these animals, and as such there has been growing criticism of animal testing and the ethical questions that arise when studying these experiments. There is also a concern for the consequential threats to scientific and biomedical progress that they bring, however alternative testing methods have produced equally effective results therefore ending the debate over whether such experiments are necessary (“Animal experimentation”, 2014). Overall, animal testing is unethical and must be stopped as it is immoral to inflict suffering on non-consenting sentient beings and there are reasonable and successful alternatives available. Animals are conscious beings with desires, beliefs, and the ability to experience pain and pleasure. Their lives have inherent value and using them as simply a means towards our ends is unethical. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham described his philosophy of utilitarianism as “the greatest happiness or greatest felicity principle”, and applied a form of ethical utilitarianism to animal rights. If the moral worth of an action is
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