The Necessity Of Animal Testing

2083 WordsMar 18, 20169 Pages
Animal experimentation has been an easy and ethically acceptable way to research and test medicines and treatments for humans since the time of the ancient Greeks. Animals opened the door for the scientists and philosophers of old to learn facts about the human body that were previously explained with magic and superstition. Naturally, science has come a long way since the ancient Greeks. Today, we have a whole host of medical resources at our disposal, which begs the question: Do we need animals in medical research anymore? In addition, the practices with regard to animals at thousands of labs across the United States have been notoriously vague for years. It has only been in the last fifty years that people have begun to question the necessity of animal testing, and the degree of freedom that lab workers should be given with these animals. Due to the availability of other options, the unnecessary testing of already proven theories, and the unreliability of results, it is evident that the rights and humane treatment of animals has precedence over their use in medical research. Until the 1960’s, the majority of lab animals were pets seized from pounds or breeders by the military. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that a “lab animal”, or an animal bred specifically for the purpose of being used for testing, came to exist. Today, the majority of animals are bred at facilities created for the sole purpose of providing animals for labs. However, the states of Minnesota, Oklahoma, and
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