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Animal testing

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Started: 7/13/2015 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Animals do not have rights, therefore it is acceptable to experiment on them. Animals do not have the cognitive ability or moral judgment that humans do and because of this they have been treated differently than humans by nearly every culture throughout recorded history. If we granted animals rights, all humans would have to become vegetarians, and hunting would need to be outlawed.


I accept. Animals may not have the capability to have judgment but it does not mean that they do not feel like any human does. You state that if we gave animals rights "all humans would have to become vegetarians and hunting would be outlawed" just because you are to give a animal a right it does not mean that you have to stop hunting and cutting out a main source of food it just means animals should have some rights and not just be seen that you can do whatever you want to them and treat them like dirt.
Debate Round No. 1


Animal testing has also led to substantial medical benefits to animals. "Over 80 medicines originally developed for humans are now used to treat pets, farm animals and wildlife, including anesthetics, tranquilizers and painkillers" (Americans for Medical Progress, 2002). Treatment for parasites; prevention of heart worm; vaccines for rabies, distemper, feline leukemia, tetanus, parvo virus and infectious hepatitis; anthrax skin grafts for wounds, and surgery for traumatic injuries are just a few benefits that would not be available to animals without animal testing. It is undeniably true that a large number of medical advances could never have been made without research performed on live animals. These advances include treatments for anthrax, rabies, rickets, rheumatoid arthritis, whooping cough and leprosy; the prevention of polio, diphtheria, measles, tetanus and rubella; the discovery of insulin and Rh factor; the development of antibiotics, anticoagulants, modern anaesthesia and open heart surgery; advances in organ transplantation; and the sequencing of the human genome (Americans for Medical Progress, 2002). For instance, studies involving the use of "approximately 9,000 monkeys, 150 chimpanzees and 133 human volunteers ... were necessary to solve many problems before an oral polio-virus vaccine could become a reality", according to its developer, Dr. Sabin (cited by Americans for Medical Progress, 2002). Animal research also lays the foundation for treatment of other diseases. While it is true that HIV causes AIDS only in human beings, it is also true that "we would be in absolute, utter darkness in AIDS if we hadn't done decades of basic research into animal retroviruses" (C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, cited by Americans for Medical Progress, 2002). Additionally, medicines taken by AIDS patients would not have been developed without animal testing (cited by Americans for Medical Progress, 2002). Arguably, human mortality rates would be much higher if animal research had never taken place. Smallpox and other epidemics would continue to kill large numbers of people worldwide; tens of millions would die prematurely death from heart attack, stroke or kidney failure due to lack of medication to control their high blood pressure; most people with insulin-dependent diabetes would die; children with acute lymphocytic leukemia would die in the absence of chemotherapy (Americans for Medical Progress, 2002)


Animal testing is not alway about drugs there are also unnecessary animal testing when they test cosmetics on the animal. For example according to Peta there are experiment around the world where they test makeup such as mascara on bunnies, Mascara has many chemicals in it that irritates the eyes of the bunnies in the experiment causing the eye to redden and even make the bunnies completely blind. Also when it comes to drug testing 92% later fail human trials. in other words 9 out of 10 drugs do NOT pass the FDA. Furthermore animals have many differences to us for example the animals that are mostly used in experiment are rats mice birds dogs and cats. Did you know that the pill Tylenol actually can kill cats while it helps humans every day and is used daily. Many scientist say that we will go back to the "dark days" if we do not use animals. However this is not entirely true there is new technology we can use instead of animals. For example we have the technology to actually create human tissue animals don"t have to be used consistently in experiments at all but scientist don"t always seem to realize that and just continue to use animals in experiments that can be painful.
Debate Round No. 2


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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by MagicAintReal 11 months ago
RFD continued...

So, arguments to Pro.
Posted by MagicAintReal 11 months ago
Conduct equal.

No noticeable violations.

Con did not provide any sources, especially for their FDA statistic, and Pro provided a reliable and relevant source (Americans for Medical Progress) to substantiate their statistics for developed-by-animal-testing medicines. So sources to Pro.

Pro tries to demonstrate that animal testing is ok because:
1. Animals don't have rights, so we can experiment on them.
2. Animals lack cognitive abilities/moral judgments due to our treatment of them throughout history.
3. If animals have rights, we'd all be vegetarians and hunting would be illegal
4. Animal testing leads to medicines for animals and humans.
5. Human mortality rates would be higher without animal testing because of polio, smallpox, other diseases.

Con tries to reject the resolution:
1. Animals feel like humans do though they lack moral judgment.
2. Giving animals some rights doesn't mean we all have to be vegetarians/illegal hunters, just not treat animals like crap.
3. We test makeup on bunnies and this is not medicinal, and can blind the bunnies.
4. 9/10 drugs tested on animals are rejected by the FDA.
5. Tylenol kills cats.
6. We can use created human tissue instead of animals.

Con's winning on animals feel like humans and should have some rights which would not make us all vegetarians/illegal hunters, thus minimal rights would be feasible.

So now it comes down to the medicines derived from animal testing...

Pro laid out an extensive, proven list of very beneficial medicines for diseases that were once quite severe and now are commonly curable which directly resulted from animal testing and which was sourced by Pro. This is the crux of Pro's argument and Pro is winning this point.

Con refutes well by saying that 9/10 medicines are rejected by the FDA, makeup is in testing too, and human tissue is an alternative. HOWEVER, without sources these are not demonstrated, and I can't verify their truth.
Posted by OpinionPersom121 1 year ago
if you would like I can accept this debate but it might not be so strong since I believe in both sides
Posted by OpinionPersom121 1 year ago
well in this case I am kind of undecided because I am both pro but also con so sorry about this
Posted by Angelxm 1 year ago
Posted by OpinionPersom121 1 year ago
when you say animal testing are you fighting for the claim on whether or not it is ethical for animals to be used for testing in sciences experiments?
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Vote Placed by MagicAintReal 11 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: RFD in comments. Will expand if requested.