Animal rights

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English 103

Paper #1 Animal Rights

¯An Argument For Animal Research

Medicine has come a very long way since the days

when men used to puncture holes into the skull to

release tension or evil spirits. In the last one

hundred years, for the sake of humanity, numerous

vaccinations have been developed, disease and disorders

of all types have been prevented, surgical techniques

have been advanced, drugs have been developed to cure

ailments and the list continues endlessly. The

progress that has been achieved in knowledge as well as

safety in medical practice is correlated directly to

animal research. It is one argument to control animal

research so that needless death of animals are not

rendered, but it is absolutely different to argue that

animals have rights which supersede human subsistence.

'For most of the past decade, the animal-rights

movement hasn't merely opposed animal research; it has

tried to destroy it.'

( ¯The Wall Street Journal®,

'Animals and Sickness', Page 378.) Animal rights

advocates and activists generally have ethical

objections regarding treatment of animals during

experimentation, but the use of animals in research for

the benefit of all people is and always will be


Over 99 percent of all animal experiments are on

rats and mice developed expressly for laboratory use.

'Less than 1 percent of experiments involve cats, dogs,

farm animals, nonhuman primates, frogs, fish, and

birds.' ( ¯Encyclopedia of Medicine, AMA®, 'Animal

Experimentation', Page 110.) Animal rights advocates

try to sway public opinion by showing grotesque

pictures of destroyed cats, dogs, farm animals,

dolphins, and monkeys which account for less than 1

percent of the experiments, yet it seems 99 percent of

their advertising and campaigning deal with this one

percent. At least the American public realizes even

those who portray...