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Why is animal testing used instead of human testing?

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09/16/2011

The reason for the most important animal testing is to save human lives, to establish whether there is some aspect of a drug or treatment that could be harmful or fatal. Other research helps find cures and treatments for animal diseases. However, other uses for animal testing are not as valuable, such as testing cosmetics, or improving surgical techniques by deliberately injuring animals in a certain way. In many of these situations, neither animal nor human testing is morally defensible.

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In a Bible context, some would say it is because men have "dominion" over the earth, which means we are in charge and the custodians of all other creatures, so we can do what we want. But having dominion means we also have responsibility for the Earth and everything that lives on it. Therefore, we should not waste lives, even of animals. Whether testing is unnecessary is an argument that many people would have. Is killing animals during testing worth the lives that a drug may save? Perhaps. Perhaps not. What is certain is that we should keep asking these questions, and be aware of how we interact with our environment. We should be careful with the lives that we hold power over.

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This is a subject that is going to lead to great debate. Some people will say animals are needed to do research in order to save lives, but the myth of that is that when you hear on the news something such as a certain product has been deemed dangerous for human consumption or certain medications have bad side effects -- guess where these are tested? The calculation of the doses they give to rats, mice, dogs, cats, and monkeys may not tell you exactly what it can do to a human. Cosmetics industries have used animals for injurious testing, leaving the poor animals with blindness, sores on their bodies, and pain. If you notice now, not only cosmetics but other products will be labeled "not animal tested." There's a good reason for that. Many people will refuse to buy products that are animal tested, and companies did not want to lose their customers.

Several years ago, prisoners with life sentences were given the opportunity to become guinea pigs, to give back to society. The prisoners were NEVER forced and shouldn't be, but some truly wanted to leave this world by mending what they took away from society. There were, on occasion, other prisoners in prison for long sentences that were only too happy to try a new drug or treatment in exchange for reduced. But this should always be the prisoner's choice.

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To me it's like putting poisonous flea collars on humans to see if they'll work on a dog! If the human seemed to fare well and only a few had rashes or other maladies and 2% died from having that flea collar on, then it's FDA approved! But, think of this one. The people that put out this particular dog collar and tested it on people will now advertise it to pet owners as the best thing since sliced bread, and the dog gets a mega-dose of the ingredients in the flea collar, and some could have the same unfavorable side effects (even causing more death). This is the reverse of the animal-human scenario. Of course animals are smaller than people, but, scientists love to talk about a product or food that could be "dangerous to your health" when they have only tested it on rats or mice, and not in the same doses a human would ingest it.

Just look at the news at all the medications advertised for the betterment of the human race, but then listen to the side effects! It makes me want to take that medication like I'd want a boil on my backside. Also if you watch the news you'll see more and more drugs being hauled off the market. I have investments and my advisor told me NEVER to invest in drugs because some drug companies were unreliable with their research and many of the medications were being hauled off the market. Think about that one! So much for animal testing.

If anyone is in doubt what they do to these animals feel free to visit a testing lab, but I can guarantee you they won't let you in the door!

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Animal testing saves more lives (both people and animals) than it kills. They won't let you through their labs because visitors only want to tell other people about how horrific it is...or worse, to sabotage the labs. Why are people more bothered about animal testing than Third World poverty? Most people seriously need to get there priorities right.

And human testing? That wouldn't be cruel?

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I'm an animal lover but when it comes to using animals or humans for testing I'm afraid I'd have to vote against animals. I'm sorry some animal lovers care more for a bunch of mice, specially bred for testing, than the human lives that might be saved. There was a reference made to all the problems with some of the new drugs on the market. Did you ever stop to think that maybe it's because of the fact that it has become a taboo subject to use animals in testing? It was also mentioned that "lifers" were given an opportunity to become human guinea pigs, I'm all for that! But, let's face it why should they, there's always a possibility that the ones that say they are innocent truly are. Even spending the rest of their lives in prison, they'd likely rather live.

Animal testing is a horrible thing. Human testing is far worse! What kind of society have we become when an animal's life is more important than a human life?

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It may be cruel, but it's done before a medication or related item is released into the market. It's tested on lab animals to make sure it's safe. The catch is that animals have different enzymes and genetic makeups, so even though some animals are similar to humans, animal testing isn't always so reliable.