I believe that using live animals in research is wrong because of the injuries and risks. The animals that are being use are kept in captivity and or killed. If the animal does survive, it is injured and will be kept in captivity for the rest of its life www.aboutanimaltesting.co.uk. Experimenting with these animals is a choice between life and pain, but if not death, pain.
Using live animals for research purposes serve a purpose. Using animals to research help create cures and treatments for diseases (procon.org). Using animals for research is the best option because they simulate animals as close as possible. Not only that, but using live animals for research purposes helps science advance. A lot of the biggest scientific discoveries were made with the assistance of live animals as test subjects (procon.org). Also, using animals as live test subjects has saved lives (procon.org). Most drugs have been tested for safety by using animals. This proves that using animals as live test subjects is alright because it serves a purpose
Next, this process is very expensive. This testing cost an enormous amount of money. The animals still need to be fed, housed, cared and treated. The testing may occur more than once over the course of months. Additional costs and price of the animals are inquired still. Unscheduled test costs $32,000, a rat uterotrophic assay is $29,600 (animal-testing.procon.org). A two species study can cost 2-4 million dollars. According to animal-testing.org, The NIH (National Institute of Health) spends $14 billion of $31 billion annual budget on animal research. Also there animals that are purchased and they are not cheap.
The benefits of animal testing greatly outweigh the costs. Animal testing has contributed to many life-saving cures and treatments. Nearly every breakthrough in science had been the result of animal testing (procon.org). An experiment where dogs had their pancreases removed led to the discovery of insulin. This saved the lives of many diabetics (procon.org). The polio vaccine was tested on animals. That reduced polio cases from 350,000 worldwide to 223 in 2012 (procon.org). This proves that the cost of animal testing is outweighed by the benefits.
Animals and humans are not the same. Drugs used in an animal"s body is different than a human"s body. This means that there are different reactions. When the animals are in an unnatural environment, like where they are being tested, they will not react to the drugs as if they were in a natural environment (levmm1.wordpress.com). Ninety-four percent of the drugs that pass in animals fail in humans (www.procon.org). This happens majority of the time. Drug testing in animal"s cause severe suffering, distress, and death for the animals that are used. These experiments are also performed without anesthesia (www.neavs.org).
Animals are surprisingly similar to humans. Mice share over 96% of their DNA with humans. Chimpanzees share over 98% of DNA with humans. Brain chemistry between humans and animals are quite similar. Medicines react in much the same way between animals and humans.