For a long time, animals have been used as test subjects for medical research. Some people believe that this practice is unacceptable. How much do you agree with this opinion?

For many years, medical
research
has used animals to test treatments, cures and vaccines. It has been argued by many people that
this
animal experimentation should be banned.
Although
animal testing has some drawbacks, I am of the opinion that medical
research
on animals must continue.
However
, testing medicines on animals needs to continue for several reasons. Clearly,
this
kind of
research
has proven effective in treating HIV, AIDS, Malaria and countless other life-threatening diseases. These diseases target the poorest of humanity and
thus
this
research
is justified from an ethical standpoint. Most importantly, there are no reasonable alternatives to
this
kind of
research
. The only other options are to stop making progress in the fight to cure disease or
to begin
testing on humans. There are a number of concerns associated with the practice of testing medicines on animals.
First
of all, ethical arguments could be raised around the rights of animals. Some would argue that animals, particularly primates, should have the same rights as humans seeing that they share our DNA and have intelligence.
Secondly
, the way animals are treated even in the best facilities is cruel.
For example
, animals are kept in cages, injected with deadly viruses and often
euthanized
. In conclusion, while medical
research
on animals infringes on the rights of primates
in particular
, and is no doubt cruel, it
also
has a history of helping the people most affected by disease and illness.
Furthermore
, the alternatives to
this
practice are unthinkable.
Therefore
, I believe that testing medicines on animals is necessary.

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