Essay The Ethics of Medical Animal Testing

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In all matters, including medicine, the well-being of the human race comes before any other consideration. This is the justification for the use of nonhuman animal testing in medicine. Of course this argument brings issues into play that are both ethical and professional and need exploring before a definitive answer can be given. The Rights of “Lesser Life Forms” Animals have rights. This is a statement that very few people will disagree with. Animal cruelty as an end unto itself (i.e. for entertainment) is just wrong. Short of being a sociopath I really can’t imagine anyone saying or thinking otherwise. The real ethical question comes when humanity can benefit from a “cruelty” committed against an animal. As far as life on…show more content…
He describes our current state as a speciesism where we have decided that we are superior to animals for no better reason than any discrimination within our own race has ever had. Ideologies such as these lead to the formation of animal rights organizations. Probably the most well known animal rights group is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). This organization is against everything from animal testing, to meat eating, and even pet owning. On the Frequently Asked Questions section of their website they even speak in support of organizations such as the Animal Liberation Front, an organization that resorts to destruction of property and vandalism in service to the cause. Overall there are an abundant number of sights on the internet of organizations against animal testing. All of them operate on the basic premises that we shouldn’t cause harm to animals and even use the argument that animal testing doesn’t work. These last arguments will be addressed later. Why Animal Testing is done Animal testing in medicine is performed for many reasons. The most obvious question it answers is “does it work?” This is where the term “being the guinea pig” came from. It should be obvious that before a new medicine or a new medical procedure is performed regularly, it is a good idea to make sure its only reassurance is a sound theory. Another reason for

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