Animals have been used in medical research for centuries. In a recent count, it was determined that 8815 animals were being used for research at MSU, 8503 of them were rats, mice, hamsters, and gerbils. The strugle against animal research has been one of the most debatable issues of the decade. Even though most researchers need to do experiments on animals in order to achieve medical advances, animal research should not be allowed because it is cruel and inhumane, it is not always accurate, and often unnecessary.
The first reason why animal research should not be allowed is that testing on animals is cruel and inhumane. According Clifford Sean in his book, "Animal Research", animal right activists have gathered much information that has closed down laboratories that violate anti-cruelty statutes. This includes a 1984 video tape stolen from the University of Pensilvania Head Injury clinic. The video tape involves anesthetized baboons receiving blows to the head to break their necks and cause brain damage.
In the same book Alex Pacheco tells about the conditions he witnessed in a monkey laboratory, and expresses how horrified he was by the painful experiments these monkeys have to go through. In this laboratories young chimpanzees are infected with deseases, put into tiny cages, and left ther for several years. This inhumane treatment should be used on brakers of the law instead of these inocent, unprotected animals. Animal research it's cruel and inhumane, but it's also sometimes inaccurate.
The second reason why animal research should not be allowed is because it's not always accurate. According to Bernard Rollen in his book, "Animal Abuse and Human Morality", scientists in the 1960's concluded from many animal experiments that the inhaled tobacco smoke did not cause lung cancer. We all know that this is totally not...