Animal Rights


As Doctor Zola-Morgan stated in a speech to animal right
activists, "I've seen the impact of the animal rights
movement. I believe this is an attack on science of the
worst kind. If we allow it to prevail it will take us back
to the dark ages." Too much of the public has come to think
of medical researchers as "tormenters rather than healers."
The good is overlooked and the bad is exploited. Although
many people think that animal research is morally wrong,
animal research should continue because it is critical to
continued progress in human health and alternatives to
research animals are not available. Animal rights activists
feel that animal research is immoral. They do not see where
we as human beings see or feel that we are the dominant
species. They often assert that research with animals
causes severe pain and that many research animals are
abused. The activists do not feel the need to put the
animals through such pain. Many of the experiments are
replicated also which causes an unneeded demand for animals
to perform experiments. Experiments which have already been
proven are still being experimented with. However, animal
research is an integral part of today's society when
thinking of how much progress we have gained in human
health with the use of animal experimentation. To date some
forty-one Nobel prizes have been awarded to scientists
whose achievements depended on laboratory animals. Vaccines
against polio, diphtheria, mumps, measles, rubella, and
smallpox would not have been possible without such
experiments. There also would not be such important
techniques such as open heart surgery, brain surgery,
coronary bypass, microsurgery to re-attached limbs, organ
transplants, and correction of congenital heart defects.
The list goes on about the medical advances that required
animal research. Insulin to control diabetes and
medications important in the management of asthma,
epilepsy, arthritis, ulcers, and hypertensions are a few
more to add to the list. To take animal research away would
also be to halt our society's advancement of more
procedures and more medicines to enhanc he better living of
humans. In addition, there are no alternatives to animal
experimentation that can give the same results that it can.
In certain research investigations, cell, tissue, organ
cultures, and computer models can be used at least in the
preliminary phases of the investigation. However, in many
experimental situations, culture techniques and computer
models do not capture the "physiological complexity" of the
whole animal. Some examples of where animals are necessary
in research include the development of a vaccine against
HIV and improvement of methods to relieve mental stress and
anxiety. These challenges can only be addressed by research
with animals. Computer models and cultures cannot get the
whole body effect of an experiment. Humans are the only
alternatives to animals for this and when faced with this
alternative, most people prefer the use on animals as the
research model. Animal research is necessary to maintain
our society's well being. Many people think it is morally
wrong but when the advantages are considered with the
disadvantages, the good outweighs the bad. Animal Research
is necessary to continued progress in human health. If
other methods were available they would be given a fair
chance but for now only animal experimentation works best.
If all of the advances in human health were taken away our
society would still be in a primitive age. Animal research
has taken us out of that age. 


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