USING ANIMAL FOR MEDICAL RESEARCHES

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Category: Health & Nature
Published on Friday, 20 March 2015 15:51
Written by Begoña García
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Image result for experiments on animalsExperimenting with animals is one of the most controversial topics that usually ends up in passionate arguments and not only in the scientist area but in the media, in social groups, in universities and even in the industry. It’s really difficult to remain idle because the dilemma is: How far can experiments with animals be scientifically and ethically admitted? To what extent can animal suffering be justified for the benefits of humankind?

In The United States, 26 million of animals are used every year for research and education. In Spain, the number is over 70,000 and approximately sixty per cent of these experiments are made with mice and thirty per cent on rats. Rabbits, hamsters, dogs, cats, sheep, horses, cows and fish, show the wide range that scientists play with. As:

However, a few years ago, new initiatives in the United States and abroad are seeking to replace animals with alternative models for ethical and scientific reasons. In some countries, the non-human primates are used less and less than before and the requirements are strict indeed. These other voices claim that:

 In my opinion I agree about using animals in health researches providing they assure the compliance with pertinent international legislation. At the same time, I support the idea of looking for new lines for further researches even if they become pricier. But, from time to time, I have the impression that people are a little bit hypocritical. Some months ago, when Ebola outbreak was really devastating and Spanish people were terrified for only two cases, everybody asked for some treatment regardless of its source, either human or animal. When we talk about strange diseases and the lack of money to invest on their studies, we don’t enquire how they are going to experiment it. We just want them to be carried out. And, therefore, I totally disagree with the idea of using animal in cosmetic or industrial researches whose exclusive target is to increase the already very lucrative turnover.