Jocke Virtanen 23 år
High School : Mikael Elias Teoretiska Gymnasium, College : Mikael Elias gymnasium Sundsvall
Each year 26 million animals in the United States are used for animal testing. Animals are
used to test scientific developments and commercial products. New medical treatments are
tested on animals to verify the toxicity of new medications or the safety of a product that will
be used on humans. The healthcare and commercial industries also turn to animal testing for
While some contest the use of animals for animal testing it is not a new idea. Research tests
conducted on living animals have been practiced since 500 BC. Nonetheless there are those
who argue that the use of animals for testing is an inhumane and cruel practice. They argue
that alternative methods should be developed to prohibit the need for animal testing. Many
organizations such as PETA fight for increased research into alternative methods of testing
so that testing on animals can be alleviated. They also argue that tests on animals will yield
irrelevant results compared to humans and therefore there is no purpose in animal testing.
Conversely the use of animals is seen by many in the medical field as necessary. While it is
not ideal to cause harm to animals it is a safer way to test new products compared to testing
them on humans. Typical research and development will begin trials on rats. If those tests
prove successful then another set of tests are conducted on monkeys. Once the tests are
successful with monkeys then human testing begins. These tiered rounds of testing are used
to reduce the amount of mistakes and negative side effects in all breakthroughs. It is argued
that animal testing saves many lives and there is no alternative to testing on a living
organism. In addition there are strict regulations for animal testing which prevent any
mistreatment of the animals in question.
Overall the use of animals for research testing is an old concept and one that has historically
been debated. Proponents claim that with regulations in place the animals are not
intentionally harmed and that they are taken care of and treated as well as possible. They
claim that there is no alternative and that the...
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KällhänvisningJocke Virtanen [2017-06-14] Animal Testing
Mimers Brunn [Online]. http://mimersbrunn.se/article?id=60146 [2018-01-23]
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