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Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?

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Started: 9/14/2014 Category: Science
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Animal testing should not be used. For one, scientists still test it on humans anyways. Two, animals have a different anatomy when compared to humans, causing their result to be different from that of a human. Animal testing is cruelty to animals, yet scientists get away with it. The Animal Welfare Act allows animals to be burned, shocked, poisoned, isolated, starved, forcibly restrained, addicted to drugs, and brain-damaged. No experiment is prohibited, and painkillers aren't required. Even if alternatives to animals are available, most of the time they aren't used. The act specifically excludes rats, mice, birds, and cold-blooded animals, they don't have to provide pain relief. Scientists say that if we didn't test products on animals, we'd have to test them on humans. But, the fact is, that they already do that. The FDA has noted that in 92% of the tests that are safe on animals, fail on humans thanks to not working, or being dangerous. And in the other 8%, half of the products are relabeled thanks to side effects that were not present in animal testing.


Animal testing should be used for scientific testing. I believe in this, because, we need to know more about our world. Looking at how long humans have been doing these scientific things, we haven't made a dent in science. We have little knowledge of space, or science. As new evidence pops up, theories are dis-proven. Sadly, we are greedy for knowledge, and one way we get the knowledge, is through animal testing.

Scientists of course, know a decent amount of information, but there's more to be uncovered. Animals and humans, aren't completely different. After all, we have very similar organ systems; a heart, lungs, a brain, etc. Animal testing, can also help understand pathogens. Diseases mutate, and new ones are created. Animals, and humans, also share similar diseases. An animal can die of cancer, like a human can. If scientific research is done an an animal with cancer, we can understand it, almost the same way with a human.

Animals can adapt to a new environment (Like a human), if they can adapt like a human, we can gain more scientific knowledge. Animal research is very important to humans. I'm not saying humans are far more important than animals, but this systems works both ways. Besides, if one animal is gone from our world, it can leave a major impact on our ecosystem.
Debate Round No. 1


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Medical Benefits to Humans
There are many benefits that animals can bring to humans, while being tested.
Animal research has helped us out with inhaler development. Animals have played an important role in our medical society. Without inhalers, many people worldwide would be dead from asthma. Another example, smallpox. Smallpox is no longer an issue, because of animal research. Like I said previously, animals and humans, are alike in a few ways. Medicine from animal research has made an immense impact on our world, without researching them, things would be different. Research on monkey's and rats, have given us a given us the first kind of medicine to help people with...Alzheimer's disease. There are many more diseases that are on the way of being gone, because of animal research. However, I will not get too deep into that.

The UK has some of the highest standards for animal welfare. (I do not live in the UK, my source for this is
In the UK research must be approved by the Home office.
And; Animal research can only be done, if there is no non-animal alternative.

Debate Round No. 2


Whilst much the research described above is categorised as causing minimal pain and suffering, figures obtained in 2010 show that in the USA alone 97,123 animals were used in research likely to involve pain and suffering, where pain killers and sedatives would not be administered. The pharmaceutical industry spends a significant amount of time conducting research on animals. Due to the relative paucity of drugs that make it on to the market place after the initial testing phases, the global cost of each successful new drug in terms of animal lives, is around 5.75 million animals. By contrast the now shrinking industry sector on chemical safety testing using animals, uses around 860 animals per chemical when screening for carcinogens (cancer-causing substances). Animal research has been used for several centuries as part of efforts to better understand the world around us. Almost all states actively research on animals at present. The total scale of all research on vertebrates is hard to measure, but according to some estimates it could be as high as 115,000,000 animals per year, with the vast majority of these being euthanized at the end of the period of experimentation. Cardiff university defended sewing kittens" eyes shut, as means to find a cure for lazy eyes. In their statement, they said the purpose of the work and its conduct was approved by both the university"s own ethical review process and the Home Office as part of the licensing process. Animals are not ours to use for experimentation. They feel pain and fear just as we do, and their overwhelming natural inclinations " like ours " are to be free and to protect their own lives, not to be locked in a small cage inside a laboratory, where they are subjected to abuse and suffering that would be illegal if they took place anywhere else. No animal should ever face being genetically engineered to develop cancer, as mice are; being intentionally paralyzed from brain damage, as monkeys are; or being force-fed pesticides and other chemicals, as dogs are.


You have no sources to prove that whole argument. There's a chance that you made up those numbers, I'm not accusing you, but you have no sources to back up the argument. I, nor the voters, would be able to tell if that's 100% true. Animal research; a few animals sacrifice their life, to save many more.

The law
It is not against the law, to do animal research, in the U.S. Animal research is beneficial to everyone, including animals. It is not against the law, you can't really change that. The reason that animals have been tested, is because it helps save lives. Here is a link to show animal research benefits.

Animal research, has extended the lives of new animal generations. Because of what the research does, we have actually brought many great benefits to the animals we have tested on. One animal, can save generations of it's species, because of a few tests. This is almost like a forest fire, a whole forest can be lost, but later, the forest comes back to life, a lot healthier than before. Animal research has helped develop cures for diseases, that can save the lives of many other generations. This has also benefited to humans too. Whether you like it or not, animals have brought great things to their future generations, and ours.

Debate Round No. 3
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Reasons for voting decision: ff, con used no sources and failed to refute the fact that animal testing brings out lots of benefits