Animal testing has helped in the development of the smallpox vaccine, rabies vaccine, and polio vaccine, plus the discovery of insulin, and that just scratches the surface. It's also helped in the treatment of cancer, HIV, Hepatitis C, preventing birth defects, spinal injuries, and epilepsy. Without it, many people would be suffering or dead. Animal testing isn't pleasant but the option is that or willingly letting people die, or possibly testing on humans at the risk of their life, which I think would become it's own house of horrors. The best things I think we can do is just make sure the animals are being used for valuable research, suffer as little as possible, and are retired to a sanctuary after tests if they can be.
But are similar enough to merit poking and prodding. Also, because they're not human, they are expendable, so we can do more risky things on them than we could a human. Also, animal testing is cheaper, gets decent results, and helps screen out most of the major nasties before it is tested on a human, and then a paying audience.
The top priotiy is human life. Of course, animal life is important, but we can't have it take priority over human life. And to the @Smartie, you are inhumane. You could justify murder with that logic. So if I murder you, so what? We can always reproduce more humans, right? Probably no one would care anyway, because the last thing we need is someone who condones loss of human life.
Simply put, animal testing is not accurate because the results are from animals, not humans. Mice and humans are different. They have different body systems, they behave in different ways, and they react to drugs in different ways. What may be harmful to a human may not be harmful to a mouse, and vice versa. There are more accurate ways to test drugs that don't involve animals. Overall, I think that animal testing is an inaccurate way to test new products.
To begin with, animal testing is cruel and inhumane. Just because we want to find out if a new type of medicine works, it does not mean that we have to capture animals and harm them. Animals are different from human beings. The results that we obtain, if we were to test on them, are often inaccurate. There are four main reasons why we test animals: 1) To advance scientific understanding. 2) Use as models to study various diseases. 3) To develop and test different forms of treatment. 4) To protect the safety of people, animals, and the environment. Firstly, if we want to advance scientific understanding and develop and test different forms of treatment, then we can use humans because the results will be more accurate. Secondly, what is the reason for studying animal diseases? Animal diseases come from animals (obviously), and we are not likely to obtain them. According to AnimalResearch.Info, medicine is initially tested in vitro using tissues and isolated organs, but legally and ethically it must be tested in an animal model before clinical trials in humans can take place. We can test humans, and we can always reproduce more. Since science is so advanced these days, we could possibly find a way to make humans reproduce asexually. Therefore, animal testing is NOT beneficial.
Animals most definitely react to most things differently than humans something that is fatal to an animal could be quite beneficial to humans. Why test these things on animals when you have pedophiles and murderers in jail. If keeping violent criminals with life sentences alive when they have no way to positively contribute to the world isn't a waste i don't know what is it costs millions upon millions of dollars per year i say why not just completely eliminate the waste of money on animal test subjects and reduce the amount we pay for criminals in jail and receive more accurate and helpful test results
Stating that animals are expendable and we can just get more to allow more to suffer is just ignorance. Human beings are currently over populating the Earth and are the reason that natural resources are depleting. If our intelligence never existed, the circle of life would take its course as usual, however, mankind has interfered with that by creating medicine and prolonging life and thus, creating the problem of overpopulation to begin with. On top of that, why exactly does human life take priority over any other species? Because we can think? Because we have intellect? Then explain why science can prove that mere insects can learn and teach other insects to preform a task and claim a reward. Horses can do math, dolphins can save live, dogs and cats are service animals to the blind because they can learn as we do! Mankind did not start with great knowledge, we learned it and if us, as a species can, so can other species. We are not special just because we can think, we are not special because we can feel. That has been proven in other species as well. The fact that anyone would use either of those as an argument is an insult. All of that aside, as mentioned above, there is no need to test on animals that do not accurately relate to humans. Humans and animals react to many diseases and chemicals differently and testing on any species other than our own will result in inaccurate data. As stated before, we can think, we are intelligent, but we are far too concerned with how many chemicals we can put on and into our body than we are with advancing our way of testing in a much more accurate setting. What about stem cells? If we can create body parts in a tube, a child in a makeshift womb and clone a sheep, why can we create a human eyeball to squirt shampoo into and see if it causes a problem. As smart as we are, we make seriously dumb observations. Chemicals are dangerous, why do we need to torture an animal to prove that?