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Introduction There are incurable diseases, like Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and schizophrenia out there that shatter lives. If we are to have any hope of treating such conditions, medical research needs every tool at its disposal. For everyone's sake, that must include animals. Statement of Claim Animal testing benefits medical research. Preview of Reasons I believe this because 1. It aids in the development of medicine 2. It ensures safety in medicine 3. It aids veterinary medicine 4. Cost 5. Animal anatomy and human anatomy relate Reason #1 First, animal testing helps to find drugs and treatments to improve health and medicine. Evidence It is for this reason that animal testing is considered vital for research and why scientists support its use. It is not only drugs and vaccines that come from animal testing. According to an article in the October 28, 2008 issue of the Daily Telegraph, it states that “Just last week, researchers in Seattle announced that they had used an electronic brain implant to enable a monkey to move its paralyzed limbs, a discovery with the potential to allow severely disabled people to regain movement.” Many medical treatments like insulin, antibiotics, and vaccines have been made by animal testing. Reason #2 Secondly, animal testing helps to ensure safety of drugs and treatments that humans use. Evidence Drugs in particular can carry significant dangers with their use but animal testing allows researchers to initially estimate the safety of drugs prior to beginning trials on humans. According to an article titled Clinical Trials Upon Animals are Necessary and Save Human Lives in the Sunday Post “in testing a drug, researchers need to see how it is absorbed, distributed, metabolized and excreted by the body. Without being able to analyze urine, blood and feces samples from a live specimen, the crucial effects of a drug cannot be evaluated.” Scientists need to see how the drug will affect the entire body, not just the organ involved. Animal testing prevents dangerous products from going on to the market. Reason #3 Thirdly, it helps advance veterinary medicine. Evidence In a New York Times article titled In Trials for New Cancer Drugs, Family Pets are Benefiting Too , it states that “for example, clinical trials which involve pets with cancer- a leading natural cause of death in
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older dogs- receive groundbreaking drugs or other treatments that are eventually meant for people”. Animals are not only used as tools, but as patients alike. Other examples of veterinary medicinal advancements include heartworm medication and cat nutrition. Animal experimentation can be in the interests of animals as well as of humans. Reason #4 Fourth, animal testing is cheaper than alternatives.
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