“In a world in which 20,000 human beings die of cancer every day, it would be a cruelty to NOT engage in animal testing” (Michael Rivard, CNN News). Animal testing is a very large controversy. Some say animal testing is wrong, unethical, and unfair, but what would the world be like without animal testing? Who knows? Could there be many more fatal sicknesses? More life threatening diseases? Thousands of deaths from the common cold? In a few years, courtesy of animal testing, we could even have a cure for cancer!
Animal research is imperative because there would be no advances in curing diseases or in developing vaccinations or prescriptions, which would lead to more sickness and more serious consequences for even the common cold. Animal research is important in understanding diseases and developing ways to prevent them. Kidney transplants, the polio vaccine, and heart surgery techniques have all been developed with the help of animal research. With increased efforts throughout the scientific community, effective treatments for diabetes, diphtheria, and many other diseases have had increased effectiveness courtesy of animal testing.
Scientists inject a lab animal with a virus such as AIDS or cancer, and then try to cure them. If it works on a lab animal, they have developed a new cure. The followers of animal testing agree that if animal testing had been eliminated, that many of the medications and medical procedures that we currently use today wouldn’t be present and the expansion of future treatment would be greatly restricted. For example, more than 100,000 people have been hospitalized and later died from toxic reactions to medications in 1994 that were not predicted by animal research.