Should Animal Testing Be illegal?
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Until we can make computerized humans, the most viable alternative to animal testing will be humans themselves, and anyone who wants all medical tests done on people should be prepared either to risk his or her life for others' health, or to accept that many disease that plague us today will not be cured. Is it ethical to value a mouse's life less than a human's? Not necessarily, but it's a tendency we all have, especially when our loved ones are sick and need treatment.
That said, much animal testing (one source claims 94%) is done for cosmetic and not medical purposes. According to Scientific American, the Draize Test, in which "rabbits are placed in restraining stocks and their eyelids are held open with clips-in some cases for days at a time-to keep them from blinking away the test solutions," is still in use by some companies. The rabbits are usually killed after experimentation. Animal-rights campaigns have reduced the popularity of this scary Clockwork-Orange-style test, but it seems reasonable to ask that no cosmetic testing be done on animals, especially now that "considerable information has already been yielded and recorded from past testing." It's one thing to kill a mouse to save a human " it's another to blind a rabbit with lipstick.
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Vote Placed by Ragnar 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeit, and no contest. Unless you consider "Well whatever, it shou;ld be illegal!" to be a real argument with rebuttals.
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