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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Review Chain

When we are ill and visit the doctor or go into hospital, we expect that we are given or the operations we have to undergo to make us better and safe. Extensive research is done on these drugs and procedures in laboratories over the world and, for some of this work, it is necessary to use animals.

Animal testing has been essential in making such procedures as heart, lung kidney transplants, cataract operations, and joint replacements viable. This mean humans can live longer and have a better quality of life. Reducing or banning animal testing would have serious consequences for the future of medical research and the benefits it brings to us.

Many people think that animal testing is not necessary.  They claim that reses can be done in other ways. This is not true. Wherever possible, scientists use other methods such as computer modeling and, as a result, the number of animals used in the last 30 years has halved. However, in many cases, these non-animal methods are not suitable. The only way for some medical advances to be made is through close study of how animals react to drugs and operations. 

Scientists involved in animal testing do not do so lightly, and they are constantly striving to find alternative means to make drugs and medical procedures safe for humans. They follow a code known as the "Three Rs."

  • Replacement - to replace animal procedures with non-animal techniques wherever possible
  • Reduction  - to minimize the number of animals used
  • Refinement - to improve the way experiments are carried out to make sure animals suffer as little as possible.

The use of animals in medical research is closely regulated. In 1986, The Animal Act was passed, and scientists have to prove that the cost of the research and the potential suffering of any animal involved is far out-weighed the likely benefits humans. A team of inspectors, vets or doctors, is employed by the government to ensure that all animal testing is done to these high standards.

That animal suffering occurs is not denied. But we have to ask ourselves a simple question. If we, or our loved ones, are faced with a life-threatening condition, do we not want medical researchers to have done everything possible to make the treatment safe and effective? Yes or no? 

A survey by MORI found that 90 percent of the public accepted the need for animal testing provided that:

  • the research is for serious medical or life-saving purposes. 
  • there is no alternative
  • there is no unnecessary suffering

So, 90 percent of the public said "Yes"

Submitted: August 26, 2021

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So sad about the animals Nishi :(
Thank you for sharing these knowledge with us =)

Fri, August 27th, 2021 3:44am


Your welcome.. Thank you for taking time to read = )

Thu, August 26th, 2021 11:07pm


An eye opening essay. Thank you for sharing it.

Fri, August 27th, 2021 5:34am


My pleasure Shri.. Thank you for reading = )

Thu, August 26th, 2021 11:02pm


The truth, well told.

Fri, August 27th, 2021 11:50am


Yup.. Thank you for taking time to read J..

Fri, August 27th, 2021 5:22am

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