Should Animal Experimentation Be Banned?
For many centuries, the statement: â€œPhysicians already make too many dangerous experiments on man before carefully studying them in animalsâ€ (cited in Jerod, 1989) of the famous physiologist Claude Bernard in 1865 is still essential to most scientists. However, animals-right groups argue that animals may not be abused anymore; consequently, animal experimentation, which means testing on animals, have become a controversial issue. In my opinion, animal experimentation should be kept valid for three following reasons.
The initial reason is that animal experimentation is one of the most necessary principles of science work. Before ...view middle of the document...
Opponents of animal experimentation insist on stopping it. They say that animal abuse is cruel because they also suffer when poisoned or infected with diseases (Perry, 1990). Unfair as it may sound; but cure should be found soon; otherwise, it will obviously take more effort working on tissue, cell, or organ of volunteered bodies than on living animals. Moreover, to protect them from being abused, the law and the "three Rs" (Reduction, Replacement, and Refinement) have been implemented in many countries (Flecknell, 2002). If laboratory animals are both essential and being protected by law, testing on them should be acceptable.
In short, it is reasonable to permit animal experimentation for its benefits. However, it is sad that so many animals died for science. Therefore, in order to make it more persuasive to animal lovers, animals abuse ought to be viewed as crime and in the future the search for better alternatives should be carried out.
Bernard, C., Green HC., trans. (1865). Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine. New York, NY: Dover Publications Inc.1957
Flecknell, P. (2002). Replacement, Reduction and Refinement....