Research and testing on animals

"Humans are the only hunters who kill when they are not hungry." This is a quote by Steven Spielberg. He was referring to the millions of animals that have been killed every year in the name of testing and research.

The use of animal research has been an ongoing debate for many years. Is it right to use animals for research? To me, this is a very tough subject. My initial thought is absolutely not, but then there is that one part of me that says that some animal research that has been conducted has been used to create vaccines and medications that have been useful to me. I don't know though that it is right to harm and even kill other living creatures for our gains.

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I was reading an article off the internet that had an unknown author. He asked a few simple questions, then made what I thought to be a very good point. He asked, "How many of you people have animals at home?" A very simple question. Then he asked, " What do you do when the animal gets sick?" That's an easy question too. You take it to the vet. Now he asked, " How difficult is it to get your sick animal to swallow a pill that is going to help them?" Having two dogs and a cat, I know it can sometimes be impossible. His last question was, " knowing how hard it is to get an animal to take medication that would help it, why would you try to force something on the animal that would very well harm or even kill it?" To me, this just doesn't sound like the right thing to do.

As I was reading over the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Animals, I found many things that were a little disturbing to me. Many of the guidelines refer to having the animals euthanized . The quote by Steven Spielberg is true. These animals are dying for as far as I am concerned, no reason. Another point that was made in the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Animals is in section five of the guide…

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