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ashleymariet
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MPannullo
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Animal Experimentation for the benefit of humans.

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Started: 3/9/2011 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Voting Period
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ashleymariet

Con

Animal experimentation should be illegal and frowned upon. It is unfortunate that many people are selfish enough to believe just because we are humans that we are the only ones that deserve to survive. Animals have a right to be treated with value. Injecting monkeys with AIDS and exposing certain other animals to toxic chemicals and radiation is unacceptable. MILLIONS of animals die each year because of experimentation. Not only because of the things that they are exposed to but because they were not adequately anesthetized or abused by the handlers of the experiment.
MPannullo

Pro

There are both practical and moral arguments for animal testing. On the practical side; Animal testing has helped to develop vaccines against diseases like rabies, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and TB. Antibiotics, HIV drugs, insulin and cancer treatments rely on animal tests. Other testing methods aren't advanced enough. Scientists claim there are no differences in lab animals and humans that cannot be factored into tests. Operations on animals helped to develop organ transplant and open-heart surgery techniques. Moral arguments include; Human life has greater intrinsic value than animal life. Legislation protects all lab animals from cruelty or mistreatment. Millions of animals are killed for food every year - if anything, medical research is a more worthy death. Few animals feel any pain as they are killed before they have the chance to suffer.
Debate Round No. 1
ashleymariet

Con

Plenty more bad things have happened because of this experimentation though. It would be fair if these animals got the chance the survive, just like the rest of us. Instead, we are risking the animals lives. In fact, few breakthroughs have been made as a result of animal experimentation, the achievements have been CLEARLY overstates. Because overriding that, there has been a long list of errors and failures in animal testing, which everybody pushes under the rug and refuses to bring it to light. None the less, there are a couple of alternatives to many tests that are currently carried out on animals like growing tissue or cell cultures from human cells in a lab.

Aside from it being naturally CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT, most animal experiments are done on animals that are NOTHING like human beings, such as rats and mice. So who is to say that these experiments are a reliable guide to human reactions? The reaction of a mouse to a substance is no guide to human reactions. Each species has its own unique physiology.

It is only acceptable to test human medicines on human beings if they give their own personal consent. Animals are never able to give such consent which makes it morally wrong to do these types of things to them. It is not acceptable to test medicines on perfectly healthy animals.
MPannullo

Pro

When every member in our family is healthy, it is very difficult to understand as to why the innocent animals are used for testing purposes that usually ends up killing them. But it usually starts to make more sense when someone in the family or you yourself starts suffering from a life threatening disease. It is a very symbiotic relationship that is also a very integral part of medical research. Testing on animals has helped develop vaccines for many life threatening diseases like Herpes Simplex, Hepatitis B, Polio, rabies, malaria, mumps and virus related to organ transplantation rejection.

Human beings are not the only living creatures that have benefited from animal testing. Heart worm medication was devised from research on animals and has to day helped in saving the lives of many dogs. Animal research has also provided better understanding of cat nutrition and the reasons behind as to why cats live longer and remain healthier are better understood.
Debate Round No. 2
ashleymariet

Con

It is an ASSUMED fact that all of these things helped us discover all of these things but, in reality, it is chance that all of these things have worked. Experimenting on animals is NOT anything close to experimenting on a human. The physiological makeup is astronomically different.

"Each year in the United States, an estimated 70 million animals are maimed, blinded, scalded, force-fed chemicals, genetically manipulated, and otherwise hurt and killed in the name of science, by private institutions, household product and cosmetics companies, government agencies, educational institutions, and scientific centers. Substances we use everyday, such as eye shadow, soap, furniture polish and oven cleaner, may be tested on rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, and other animals. These tests are mainly used to test the degree of harmfulness of products and their ingredients. No antidoes are ever sought, so animal tests cannot be used to prevent or treat potential human injuries. These tests are not required by the law, and they are only done to protect companies from consumer lawsuits."

Look at all of these unnecessary things that are being tested on innocent animals. Cosmetics, furniture and appliance cleaners, things that we wash our bodies with .. It is unethical to use an animal just so that, on the bottle, it can say tested on animals or whatever have you. ** THESE TESTS ARE NOT REQUIRED BY THE LAW, AND THEY ARE ONLY DONE TO PROTECT COMPANIES FROM CONSUMER LAWSUITS.

It is safe to say, that there is no respect for animals on a personal level. The people that do this do not understand that an animal, has the right to protect themselves just like we do. If we have the opportunity to consent or not consent to things like this, then the animals should be able to also. They live, breath and walk this earth JUST LIKE US, they deserve to be treated just like us.

We fight so hard for animals to have rights when they are being abused in their own homes, starved to death, beaten and left to die on the side of the street. But then we have "an estimated 70 million animals that are maimed, blinded, scalded, force-fed chemicals, genetically manipulated and otherwise hurt and killed in the name of science" and nobody wants to do anything about that? This is a form of abuse because there is NO CONSENT from the animal.

Until there is a more safe and efficient way to experiment on animals, it should be banned universally. It is unethical to treat an animal this way, considering you would not want to be used as an experiment either.
MPannullo

Pro

The fact of the matter is that to make advances in the field of medicines, animal testing is a must. Restraining or banning the testing by animal activists will not help in any way. It is up to us and all individuals belonging to animal organizations and medical research to ensure that the same is carried out in a safe, ethical manner causing as little pain and discomfort possible to the animal. If animal testing was to be outlawed then there would be very little scope of obtaining information that would be very necessary to eliminate suffering and premature deaths in both humans and animals. We are all animals...it just so happens that we are at the TOP of the food chain!
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Zealous1 3 years ago
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Lol Hate this topic. Animals are animals. God told us to hold dominion over them. Sure, we shouldn't needlessly torture them, but using them for our benefit is fine.
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Reasons for voting decision: go con
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Reasons for voting decision: "If animal testing was to be outlawed then there would be very little scope of obtaining information that would be very necessary to eliminate suffering and premature deaths in both humans and animals." - sources!
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Reasons for voting decision: "They live, breath and walk this earth JUST LIKE US, they deserve to be treated just like us." I'm not so sure...haha.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con made no effort to refute the argument about the testing of new drugs. Conversely, Pro didn't extend it but regardless, Pro's arguments still stood. Let me give a suggestion, don't bring in new evidence/arguments like Con did in the last round, argue what is already on the table.