Ignorance Vs. Intelligence : Animal Experimentation And Life Saving Medical Technology

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Ignorance v. Intelligence: Animal Experimentation and Life Saving Medical Technology The use of non-human animals in experiments in order to gain a further understanding of the functions of biological systems is known as animal experimentation. Medicine as it is known today would not exist without animal experimentation, also referred to as animal testing, animal research, and/or biomedical testing. Albert Sabin, who developed the Polio vaccine said, “Without animal research, polio would still be claiming thousands of lives each year.” and Dr. Robert Palazzo, President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) stated that “Americans are living longer, healthier lives and we owe much of that success to biomedical research.” (Forty reasons why we need animals in research, 2014). Animal experimentation is greatly responsible for the discovery of treatments for some of history’s most deadly diseases, as well as antibiotics for raging infections and vaccines for debilitating viruses that once consumed the United States, and the rest of the world. Some of the most notable medical advancements that relied on animal testing over the past three decades include, the cervical cancer/ HPV vaccine, asthma treatments, and Insulin. Now, in the 21st century, PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals), the ALF (Animal Liberation Front), and The Humane Society of the United States are seen as heros in the eyes of many Americans for their rebellion against

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