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freckles14
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PolicyDb8r
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It is appropriate to use animals for medical or cosmetic experimentation.

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Started: 12/17/2007 Category: Health
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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freckles14

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First of all, medical results in humans are not at all the same in animals. For example, the Thalidomide tragedy of the 1960's and 1970's. Thalidomide, which came out on the German market late in the 1950's, had previously been safely tested on thousands of animals. It was marketed as a wonderful sedative for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and it supposedly caused no harm to either the child or the mother. Despite this "safety testing", at least 10,000 children were born throughout the world with severe deformities.

Also, Penicillin kills cats and guinea pigs, but it has saved many, many human lives.

And Morphine is a stimulant for cats, goats, and horses, while being a sedative for humans.

Another reason animal testing is a sick, inhumane practice is because it is just that: it is sick and inhumane. Would you do that to a human? Because really; humans are just a different kind of animal. The only exceptions are that cats, goats, and other species can't object, and the physical differences are endless.

Is animal testing really for the benefit of the consumer?
According to the National Anti-Vivisection Society, the manufacturers of cosmetics and household products claim that they just perform tests on animals to ensure the safety of their products under customary use or possible abuse when in reality it is to limit the company's liability to its customers in case of a lawsuit.

Cosmetic testing is NOT worth lives.

Everyone likes to look presentable to the world- acceptable, if you will. But if you knew a human was getting a red, oozy rash on their eye for every different kind of mascara you bought, your perspective would change. Why is an animal different? We are essentially all the same; a very similar genetic makeup (although animals are very, very different physically). We should not feel entitled to breed these animals in for this invalid purpose, and not allow them to ever see the light of day. We need to work together- see them as equals.

The way animal testing works is that the animals are bred for this specific purpose. They are born in a cage, grow up in a cage, and never grow old in a cage. The animals are poked, prodded, and rubbed with chemicals. The "scientists" then wait it out- to see if the animals are still alive in the morning. If the animal IS alive, the experimenters then kill the animal- if it is dead; they autopsy it, to see what killed it. Can you say sick and inhumane?

According to Whitecoatwelfare.com, the National Institutes of Health alone pours well over five billion dollars annually into superfluous animal experimentation. Abolishing animal research will mean these resources could be redirected into finding types of research which could actually have a chance of advancing human medicine and human health.

Clearly, if we are going to make medical progress, a new approach is needed. Human medicine can no longer be based on veterinary medicine. It is fraudulent and dangerous to apply data from one species to another.
PolicyDb8r

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Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by freckles14 9 years ago
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i win.... i think...maybe? plausibly?
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