Animal Testing: Testing….1….2…3 Tatum SzymczakEng. 105It is a dark stormy night when suddenly the phone rings.I casually answer thetelephone.It is my older sister informing me that our mother is in thehospital.She is going to need an emergency brain transplant.It takes me justa moment to drop everything I am doing and rush to the hospital. When I arriveI see my father and sister in the waiting room casually enjoying theirconversation.I am amazed they could have such high spirits at such a time.
AsI begin to confront them on this, they inform me that this is merely a routinebrain transplant.They reinforce that very few die from the actual transplant. I become immediately relieved as a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders.
Animal testing is an issue in today’s society that, whether anyone realizes it,does affect each of us.Such as transplants, vaccines, and medicine.Nearlyeach and every one of us today have received vaccine shots.
We have all usedmedications.We have all heard oftransplant technology. This above example Ihave used is farfetched.Brain transplants are not an everyday occurrence. They are not yet,at least. However, kidney and heart transplants are beginningto become a more and more common every day.Who knows what is possible with theproper research.Today there are a great deal of people who oppose animaltesting inlaboratory research.This is limiting our medical capabilities . Could we be holding ourselves back from medical breakthroughs such as a cure forcancer or AIDS? Animal testing is already controlled to a great extent. Manycats and dogs are killed annually by shelters and pounds.Animal testing is notas cruel as it is portrayed and is an essential to reaching medicalbreakthroughs.
Special controls on laboratory animals have been in place since 1876.Thesehave been revised in 1986.These laws are now more commonly known as therevised Animals Act of 1986. This law allows for scientist to perform testingwhile also safe guarding the animals.Prior to any testing a cost benefitanalysis must be applied. In this analysis they review the potential researchbenefits with the potential for animal suffering.All registered facilities arealso required to establish an Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) that reviewsand approves procedures involving animals before they take place.Thisorganization also inspects facilities semiannually for compliance with the AWA. At least one member of the committee must be a veterinarian.At least onemember must be a “public” member, not affiliated with the institution, whorepresents the general community interest in the care and treatment of theanimals. Research facilities must undergo many regulation to ensure animalsafety.These regulations are being met on a monthly basis.(#2)There are approximately 56-100 million cats and 54 million dogs in the Unite…..dStates.It is estimated that 2,000 cats and 3,500 dogs are born every hour. There are an estimated 15 million dogs and cats that are put to death in poundsand shelters each year.These cats and dogs are put to their death for the lonereason that the pounds and shelters are overcrowded.Approximately 17-22million animals are used in research laboratory’s each year. That is justabout 5 million more animals put to death in labs than are put to death inshelters.Maybe these animal rights activist should be protesting the pounds. Tested animals are at least being put to death for a reasonable purpose. Apurpose which serves animals and humans both better than making room for theothers.The replacing animalswill eventually end up on the other side of thefence anyway.It Seems like an endless circle of death.Some of the lab catsand dogs are from pounds and shelters anyway.But this amount is far too few. Many people who are against animal testing do not realize that only 17-22million animals are used for lab research annually.But there are approximately5 billion animals consumed for food annually.Maybe these are the same peoplewho wear leather and fur coats.(#1) Animal testing has contributed a greatdeal to both animals and humans.Albert Sabin, the developer of oral poliovaccine stated:”Without the use of animals and human beings, it would havebeen impossible to acquire the important knowledge needed to prevent muchsuffering and premature death not only among humans, but also among animals.”Experimentation on animals was essential to the development of Dr. Sabin’s oralpolio vaccine, which has virtually eradicated poliomyelitis in the WesternHemisphere, saved over 500,000 lives, and millions from the debilitating effectsof polio. The transplantation of major organs, and many other surgicaltechniques, depends on the ability to join blood vessels. An effective methodwas developed by Alexis Carrel using cats and dogs, and for this he was awardedthe Nobel Prize in 1912.Today transplants are far more common than in his day.
Even on the back of one’s drivers license there is a organ donor program portionto fill out.Which means one can give their organs to a hospital for transplant.
(#2)Animal testing is a highly debatable issue in today’s society.There are manypeople who are against animal testing, but actually have no knowledge of thesubject.I was against animal testing prior to researching this subject.
Hopefully with a bit of knowledge on the subject one can decide for themselves.
Who knows, maybe someday with the help of animals we can eradicate all disease.
Which would give us no further reason to perform these animal testings.We haveheld ourselves back for long enough.It is now time to move forward.
Works Cited1.Thomas, Allen.Animals in AmericaDiscover Magazine9October 19952.Davies, Barbara.Understanding Animal Research in LabsRDS.Online.AOL.Nov. 1995
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