Medicine and Health

Pros and Cons of Animal Research


The Animal Model and Human Benefits

            In the world of scientific research few topics can inspire debate like the use of animals for experimental purposes (Hobson-West, 2010). There are passionate proponents of both sides of the dispute that have outlined the major themes that sustain the issue. For example, the concept raises several questions about important factors like cruelty and potential benefits for both humans and animals. Many types of animals from small to large are subjected to tests on a daily basis, demonstrating that the topic applies to creatures throughout the animal kingdom. Since humans are part of this group, whether or not we like to acknowledge it, animal testing has been fundamentally supported by the idea that testing on animals provides results that are applicable to humans. As this theory has come to be supported by evidence, it represents a primary pro of animal research.


Animal Research

Medical research, particularly biomedical research is made possible through the use of animal testing and modelling. The practice of animal research and testing is used for experimentation for first testing medical procedures, medicines, and various medical outcomes related to diseases and conditions, before using them on human patients. Drug testing is a primary aim of animal research as it is how pharmaceutical companies ensure medicines and cosmetics are safe to administer to the public (Hajar, 2011). At times, the animals are given specific diseases or conditions for testing purposes, and then they are given experimental medicines or treatments so that medical researchers and scientists can learn about specific diseases and conditions, as well as the efficacy of certain medications (Hepworth, 2010).