Essay on Use of Animals in Biomedical Research

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The issue of human morality has always been widely controversial and vitally important; it is our anchor that we use to define the humane yet we cannot agree on its dimensions. Morality seems to be all that separates us from the unfeeling universe, which is filled with morally horific natural laws such as "survival of the fittest." Or, at least, such "callous" impartiality seems unjust to our modern societies. Behind the screens of prosperity and enlightentment we have the luxory of moral scrutiny -- a luxory that should be fully explored and developed as our only wall against the apparent moral abyss of the rest of the universe. With enough investigation, we will realize that animals must be considered as we decide who deserves rights …show more content…
They face the same challenges like poverty and proper upbringing that we face, and "work out surprisingly similar solutions" (Kluger et al). We must recognize that many creatures have some kind of social structure.

The other extreme includes the concept of innate morality: we are born with knowledge of right and wrong. This idea goes completely against the belief in innocent birth -- and in fact anyone watching the moral development of a child knows that there is a significant amount of simply learning the rules in a child's changing behavior.

If morality is learned or even just fine-tuned as we age, then what rights can claim for ourselves or others? To determine the rights we should allocate to various creatures, we often turn to empathy. There are many simple guiding rules based on empathy; the golden rule is heavily cited as a strong foundation upon which to build morality. If we can envision ourselves in another's situation, we
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