Animal Testing-Affirmative: Do We Need Animal Testing? Why?

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Animal it necessary? YES. I am here today to talk to you about the recent discoveries scientists and doctors have uncovered using this contriversial method of research. Many say that these tests are wrong,that they are not needed. I disagree. We need this type of research to expand our mindset on finding the cures and medicines used to heal millions of diseases worldwide. Not only for humans, but animals as well.

Dr. Carl Cohen, a professor at the University of Michigan Medical School defines RIGHTS as something that one can only have if they have a sense of morality,can accept the rules of society, and recognize the rights of others. Therefore, when animal rights activists,such as PETA:People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say that animal research denies an animal of it's right.....they have nothing to prove that. According to Cohen, animals do not/can not have rights because they do not understand the meaning of the word.

August 2,1987-a writer for The Washington Times said "People involved in the animal rights movement consider the life of a cat,dog,chicken or pig to be equal to the life of a human. It just shows how far some of us have fallen in respect for human life." In saying this, he is talking about the comparison many activists have made between animals and humans. He used this question as a follow up: Does a lion have the right to eat a baby zebra?,Does a baby zebra have the right to be eaten? In this statement he has implied that saying animals and humans should be treated like equals does not make sense. If it did make sense the lion would have no right to eat the zebra...even if it kept him alive.

ARA(Animal rights' activists) spend so much time trying to fight...