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Should animals be used for medical testing? Yes!
Medical science has come a long way. All the progress we see in this field in the form of better drugs and surgeries is the result of perpetual research and hard-work. In order to test certain drugs, they needed living things. The living thing that was found pretty close to human beings was Guinea pig, although many other animals are also used.
Drug testing on animals is frequently carried out. Many a times it happens that these animals are made to suffer very painful disease. The harmful viruses are inserted into their bodies and then drugs are used on them to check out whether certain drugs would work or not. The drugs' effect on human beings is predicted by experimenting on these animals.
The main question is whether animals should be used in medical testing or not?
Here's the answer:
Would you support medical testing of animals if it is done to discover cures for human beings?
Human beings are more important than animals.
Human life is much much more precious than that of animals. If we want to let medical science flourish we should use animals for testing. They are our best bet. We can't do anything without them. Apart from the fatal testing there are certain tests that are not really harmful. As a matter of fact we are killing hundreds of thousands of harmful germs that enter our bodies day in day out. Our immune system has been designed in such a way that it counters every threat. Fundamentally germs like any other "vivid" animals are also living beings. If we can kill so many of them in a single day than we shouldn't mind letting Guinea pigs or more livelier animals to die in the testing process.
Moreover testing is not hurting or disturbing the ecosystem of the world in anyway. Its obvious that these animals are not released in the wild to infect any other animals. They are kept in labs and used.
Animals also feel pain
The problem with this testing is that animals also feel pain. Yes, animal drug testing hurts. Animals have senses. They can feel pain. And on top of that they cannot do anything to save themselves from pain. Its really distressing that animals are inflicted pain and suffering in such a brutal way. But its better to use them instead of human beings. Although some manufacturers are making cruelty free products, its almost impossible to completely do away with drug testing on animals.