The Double-Edged Effects of Animal Testing

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Basically, the purpose of animal testing is to find out the possible breakthroughs of key medicines, vaccines and drugs which benefit human beings to treat some certain diseases. On the contrary, there is a flow of opposing arguments that animal experimentation should be banned because its medicative efficiency for human is modest; additionally, it breaks the bank and wastes a lot of time and animal resources.

            It is definitely clear to recognize that animal testing brings about the benefits to human beings. The first thing to be said about animal testing is that many important medicines are successfully made via the animal experiments, which needless to say, saves thousands of people who suffer from dangerous diseases like tuberculosis, diabetes,  malaria, just a few to name. For example, according to the Scientific Steering Committee for the European Commission, “Experiments on live animals are powerful ways of better understanding the complex biological mechanisms” of the human body. The committee members believe that trials for AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis C, and immune-based diseases depend upon primate testing. And the second point is that it is easy to conduct the animal testing rather than human testing; that is because the researchers find it easy to access to the available animal resources whereas it is quite difficult and risky for them to carry out the experiment on human in terms of sentiency and morality. 

            However, we convincingly find that there are compelling reasons why the animal testing should be banned. One reason is that the level of testing efficacy is inadequately applicable to treatment on human diseases, especially deficiency of medicative credibility.  For instance, over 90 percent of the drugs and vaccines produced through animal testing have proven to be harmful even after being testing on animals. Another reason is that animal experimentation is wasteful of the lives of the animals. Clearly, if animal testing does not provide with reliable results, it means that researchers do not make full use of animal lives but they waste the animal resources instead. A clear instance is that the practice of hunting bears for gall bladders believed to cure diseases like cancers, diabetes and so forth has taken several lives of rare bears; consequently, that resulted in unbalancing the ecosystem. And the final reason is that animal testing wastes a lot of money and time. It is estimated that over 100 million animals are being tested each year.

In conclusion, the researchers should stop testing on non-human animals because they must mull over and weigh out the possibility of downgrade of animal resources which likely make the ecosystem imbalanced. Hopefully, for many years to come, researchers find the alternative solutions of other medical testing like herbal testing, in-vitro and clinical trials so that animals are considerably saved from unnecessary experiments.

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