Today Was a Good Day

1960 Words Oct 9th, 2015 8 Pages
Sagar Parsana
Professor Warren Kelly
ENC 1102 College Writing 2
3 August 2015
Paper 5 Final Draft
Exploitation of Animals: Rats and human ethics
In the field of science and technology, the last decade has proven to be the most successful time period. Advancements in the field of science, such as Genetic engineering, has made human life easier. But, the critics in this field has raised many questions regarding ethical, environmental, economical, and social dilemmas. Recently, there has been a sharp increase in the number of animals used for technological research, and many animal extremists around the world are blaming scientists for breaking ethical codes. Rats and mice are being used for formulating new cancer drugs by scientists
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The quotation clearly describes the similarity between human and animal pain. Same is the situation involving use of rats, they also feel pain when they are being exploited for research as they exhibit similarity in structure and functions as that of humans. If humanity must suffer some disadvantage as the consequence of respecting animal rights, then that's the way it has to be. Hal Herzog states that “I analyzed several thousand Internet messages between biomedical researchers and animal rights activists as they tried—and ultimately—to find common ground” (246). The quotation describes the imbalance between scientists and animal extremists, as the later thrives to reduce animal exploitation. Some suggests that only the higher animals would be protected - those animals that are conscious, can remember, and can form intentions and plan and act for the future. Considering rats as not being higher animals, they constitute the most number of animals used in research. This rational behavior of humans will eradicate the true meaning of being humans. Thus, it is important to implement animal protection, as humans are not the only living species on Earth. Therefore, in order to stay in limit of our ethical boundary we need to reduce the number of rats and other animals used for human benefits in the field of medicine.
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