Colin Blakemore, professor of neuroscience at Oxford and Warwick universities, argues in this article that he thinks using animals in research is necessary. Blakemore says using animals in research has helped scientists learn more about what causes diseases. Blakemore claims that mice, monkeys, and many other animals have helped scientists make more effective drugs for incurable diseases. Blakemore thinks we should use animals in research, until there comes a day when we don't need to use them anymore. He states, "without it, (animal testing) we would - medically speaking - be stuck in the Dark Ages."
The Animal Justice Project and their Swedish partner, Djurrättsalliansen, are launching a campaign to stop the import and use of 120 Macaque Monkeys in a futile malaria experiment. At the Karolinska Institutet they will infect the monkeys with the malaria parasite and do painful invasive procedures on them for five years. They will be separated from their family groups, and put in cages that are 2 meters high, 4 meters wide, and have 2 square meters of floor space. The Animal Justice Project is taking a stand by persuading you to take action on the issue. They encourage you to sign and share the petition to the Karolinska Institutet, share the Special Report by their Science Advisor, Dr. Andre Menache, and to raise awareness by following them on social media and using the hashtag #StopMonkeyExports.
The Animal Justice Project found information about an epidemic of gross government spending for recreational drug experiments on animals. These experiments have no value to human health, and they lead to animals suffering and dying. The Animal Justice Project says that the animals subjected to these tests are forced into addiction, and have injections put into their brains and faces. They are dipped in hot water, get electric shocks, and have clamps put on their sciatic nerves and paws to create constant pain. Sometimes they are put on hot plates and starved. These tests reveal little about drug addiction in humans, because most of the animals used are very different than humans. The Animal Justice Project encourages you to take action by sharing their special report, and sending their letter or your own letter to your representative in congress.
Professor Elizabeth Fisher states that animal testing has been, "the key to many medical breakthroughs." She says that using animals for research has helped scientists find a new treatment for diabetes, which is made with the venom of the South American Lizard. She also says the first ever treatment for Progeria wouldn't have been found without using genetically modified mice. Fisher argues that none of these "breakthroughs" would've happened if we weren't allowed to test on animals.
Elisa Allen gives nine reason why she thinks animal testing needs to stop. Allen thinks experimenting on animals is "bad science" because animals are different from humans. She says this is why some drugs that were tested by animals fail in humans. Allen also claims that animal testing causes suffering, it's unethical, and that we have other methods available.
In an anonymous model essay from Lone Star College, the author claims that animals' rights are violated when they are used for testing. The author says animals are not given a choice when they are used for research. The author says it's a violation of their rights because their decisions are made for them, since they can't vocalize their own choices. The author also claims that the tests used often cause extreme pain, permanent damage, or death. The author explains how the Draize test and the LD50 test are two of the deadliest tests, and are needless wastes of an animal life.