With the thoroughbred race horse there's lots of money at stake but with research mice it's the possibility of life-saving new treatments.
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According to Shandilya (2008), it is estimated that 20 million animals are used for animal experimentation yearly for the purpose of medicine and for testing other products.
Findings from studies indicate that less than 10 percent of pure psychological researches use animals as test subjects, which do not include animal subjects used for cross-over medical experimentation (American Psychological Association, n.d., cited in Harding, L. However, there are some who state that animal experiments are cruel and immoral, besides violating an animal’s rights.
Hence, researchers are working hard in finding cures for all these illnesses.
From here, it can be seen that animal testing is essential in the sustenance of human health.Derbyshire (2004) mentioned that many medical advances used animal testing; dogs were used to develop the production of insulin, whereas primates were utilized in the manufacture of a powerful anti-rejection drug, cyclosporine.Besides this, discoveries of various vaccines have evolved through animal experimentation.Drugs that are tested safe can then be used to save millions of valuable human lives.The future of medical science still relies on animal testing, and this clearly shows a need in legalizing animal testing.Research findings are confined to the United States of America, since the subject of animal testing is highly debated there and the progress of this issue in the US is relative to other countries.Currently, humans are often exposed to various diseases which are life threatening, which includes existing diseases or new forms of diseases due to mutations and changes in the environment.From here, it can be seen that animal testing can guide us to discoveries of new knowledge about living organisms.Many drugs have been invented to fulfill the aim of remedying diseases.However, the side effects of newly invented drugs remain unknown.Therefore, animal testing allows the evaluation of the danger of drugs before being used upon humans which will greatly reduce the risk before any human based trials are carried out (About Animal Testing, n.d.).