Is taking the lives of animal for scientific reason necessary for the advantage of saving humanity? For activists who support animals and other organizations like the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), animal testing as bad. The organization halts exercises that include using animals for experiments, entertainment, clothing, and food for animals. According to PETA, the act is inhumane, painful, and unnecessary with the presence of other alternatives (“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The animal rights organization”, 2018). From the PETA website, animals are regarded having similar priorities as humans. The motive makes it possible not to have animals sacrificed, or traded due to the reason that some individuals will benefit from the activity.
Nevertheless, animal testing remains inevitable. The activity is an essential requirement for medical research and human survival. There numerous medical advancements successful as a result of using animals. It would be annoying to use other humans as testing tools in the laboratories. There is a need to understand that animal testing is not a new activity. Rodents prove to be the most widely used animals, where eighty-percent of the creatures as rats.
The American Medical Association supports the use of animals for laboratory testing. The AMA reports that significant advancements made in the twentieth-century are due to the direct or indirect involvement of animals. To conclude, diseases like Polio would have caused millions of death every year if animals were eliminated as testing tools. Animal testing help make Vaccines such as the polio vaccines which prevent children at an early stage. Other vaccines include Diphtheria, Measles, pertussis, Mumps, Rubella, and Hepatitis. Development of hip replacements, organ transplants, and bypassing surgery are all success brought by animal testing. Use of animals for research has played an essential role in the modern world.
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