Essay about We Need More Animal Research, Testing, and Experimentation

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We Need More Animal Research, Testing, and Experimentation

A life can be taken or created in a matter of seconds and with that has come the miracles of modern medicine. People have come to expect science to save lives, prevent illness, relieve suffering and improve the quality of life. The means of curing, treating and preventing diseases are not achieved by magic or accident. Medical advances are gained through years of intensive research -- research in which laboratory animals have played, and continue to play, a critical role. Opponents of animal testing are wrongfully determined that this process is completely unethical.

Animals have been used for experimentation for around 2,000 years. In the third century BC in Alexandria,
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Several opponents of animal testing are blinded by their own opinions and have not taken into consideration the growing list of scientific advancements from animal testing. Between 1992 and 1994, the Research Defense Society published a list that gave the number of patients who benefited from animal research in the UK; from antibiotics to heart and lung transplants, 83,392,400 people were able to benefit from animal research ("Animal Rights . . ."). Several vaccines, antibiotics, drugs, prevention ideas and treatments have resulted from animal testing, and if experimentation is stopped, a cure for diabetes, aides, and cancer would be beyond reach, new surgical procedures to repair heart defects will be terminated, 30,000 young Americans with cystic fibrosis will never have a normal life span, the development of artificial blood will never continue and several other new life improving studies will never occur ("Animal Research . . .").

Humans aren't the only species that benefit from testing. Several methods that have been developed to prevent diseases in humans have helped the lives of numerous animals (Murrary). Experimentation on animals has educated people on how to better care for animals and has also allowed humans to gain an understanding how they function. Several antibiotics, drugs

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