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What Are The Pros And Cons To Animal Testing

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Not only can scientists create human skin, but they can also do the same with organs. One experiment in advanced stages of development is microfluidic chips, or “Human-on-a-Chip” (“Alternatives to Animal Testing” 1). These chips are just 2 centimeters wide and contain tissue samples from different parts of the body that are linked by microchannels through which a blood substitute flows. This mimics pathways and organ processes in the body. This method is also an advantage because of the reduction in the costs compared to using animals for testing, which is extremely costly (2). However, there are limitations to this so called “Human-on-a-Chip.” Microfluidic chips limit the ability of data collected compared to an animal model. Scientists…show more content…
In contrast, some people do not see anything wrong with animal testing due to the fact that animals do not have rights, therefore it is acceptable to use them as test subjects. Others argue that all animal experimentation should end because it is wrong to treat animals merely as tools for furthering human knowledge. There is much disagreement as to whether non-human animals have rights, as in animal rights. Animal rights teach humans that certain things are wrong as a matter of principle. According to this point of view, an animal should have as much right as a human being to live a full life, free of pain and suffering in labs. On the other hand, people believe it is wrong to unnecessarily abuse animals, but testing on animals must continue because of the enormous scientific resource animal models provide. Almost all humans grow up wearing leather, eating meat, and going to circuses and zoos. However, humans never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. While there are few laws regarding animal testing, there are none that have to do with animal rights. The AWA, Animal Welfare Act, is a federal law which addresses the expectations and standards of care in which animals must receive at research facilities and laboratories (“ProCon” 1). At the same time, U.S. laws allow animals to be burned, shocked, poisoned, isolated, starved, drowned, and brain-damaged. Animal rights is not just a philosophy, it is a social movement that challenges society’s traditional view that all nonhuman animals exist solely for human use. Animals have been treated differently than humans by nearly every culture throughout recorded history. If humans begin to treat animals the same now, humans would have to become vegetarians and hunting would be
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