The ethical implications of experimenting on animals

Ethical issues of animals

New medical technologies such as the MRI, new chemotherapeutic drugs, and surgical technologies are first practiced on animals. John P Gluck has suggested that this is often lacking: The lack of ethical self-examination is common and generally involves the denial or avoidance of animal suffering, resulting in the dehumanization of researchers and the ethical degradation of their research subjects. Also, animals are used in Defense Department research to simulate how humans would be affected by biological warfare, nuclear weapons, etc. And so if we want to continue with the arithmetic that we started in the section above, we need to put an additional, and different, factor on each side of the equation to deal with the different moral values of acts and omissions. They see humans are superior to animal life and this belief thus justifies the use of animals in testing. It should also be noted that often journals do not publish data that has not been obtained in with appropriate ethical considerations. A major ethical issue with animal testing is that it involves pain, suffering and discomfort under some circumstances. This is a consequentialist argument, because it looks at the consequences of the actions under consideration. For example, because monkeys look more like us, use tools like we do, form families like we do, we identify with them more and want to protect them more than lower-order animals that do not have these human qualities. Not all scientists are convinced that these tests are valid and useful.

Singer believes that animal interests should be counted since they can experience pain and suffering. Which animals are to be used?

ethical guidelines for using animals in research

John P. Drug A killed all the rats, mice and dogs.

Animal testing articles

There would be no need for ethics of any kind, if man was not sentient. However, the use of non-human subjects for research has often been an area of intense debate. Most of these animals are euthanized, or put down, after the experiments are over. What is relevant is the ethical approach of the experimenter to each experiment. This is called comparative utility. Regan, Tom. An alternative, acceptable answer would be, none of those drugs because even drug D could cause damage to humans. New medical technologies such as the MRI, new chemotherapeutic drugs, and surgical technologies are first practiced on animals.

Making a Decision Despite having a look at both sides involved in the controversy of animal testing, there is still no clear right or wrong that seems to appease everyone. Is there a sliding scale with humans at the top and the simplest animals at the bottom?

Animal testing is an important part of preventing a widespread disaster if chemical agents are released by another country.

ethics of animal testing pros and cons

In his book, The Case for Animal Rights, he argues that since most animals after the age of one can perceive and understand the world around them, they have the right to live without human interference.

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