Research is responsible for virtually all the medical breakthroughs there have been- there are medicines and vaccines and cures and treatments and more life saving benefits being developed today- but an important factor to the development of medical advances is the inclusion of animals in research. Virtually almost everyone alive has benefited from the medical advances made feasible through animal testing. According to my aunt Blanca, who is a mother of a child who was diagnosed with severe epilepsy says, “We should be thankful and supportive of animal testing” (Perez). When I questioned her whether she believed testing animals was cruel she said, “Nobody wishes for animals to be used in this form, and I believe animals should be used only for medical research and when there is no other method. I am a mother so I find it hard to believe and accept that any parent would be against or have issues with animal research.” Although my aunt’s daughter has been left with learning disabilities for the rest of her life, my aunt is grateful because without effective medicines her daughter could have not only been worse but possibly could have died. Although extremists argue that animal testing is cruel and unnecessary, animal testing is justifiable when regarding animal testing as a vital role in medical advances that save lives.
Animal research is responsible for profound eruditions that have served as a foundation for medical advancements. In virtually every major medical advance for both human and veterinary health, animal research has played a vital role. According to the U.S. based Foundation for Biomedical Research, “From antibiotics to blood transfusions, from dialysis to organ transplantation from vaccinations to chemotherapy, bypass surgery and joint replacement, practically every present-day protocol for the prevention, treatment, cure and control of disease, pain, and suffering is based on knowledge attained through research with lab animals” (Cook).If animals were not included in science we would not have all of this. We would not have a rabies vaccine, we would not have a smallpox vaccine, we would not have leprosy treatments, we would not have insulin .For example from 1796 to 2002 there have been advances such as the discovery of immunity mechanisms, the development of a Tetanus vaccine, and the development of an anthrax vaccine (Medical Advances through Animal Research).
Year Medical Advancement Animal credited
1796 Smallpox vaccine developed Cow
1881 Anthrax vaccine developed Sheep
1885 Rabies vaccine developed Dog, Rabbit
1902 Lifecyle of Malaria discovered Pigeon
1919 Immunity mechanisms discovered Rabbit, Horse, Guinea Pig
1921 Insulin discovered Dog, Fish
1932 Neuron function discovered Cat, Dog
1933 Tetanus vaccine developed Horse
1939 Anticoagulants developed Cat
1954 Polio vaccine developed Mouse, Monkey
1956 Open-heart surgery & pacemakers developed Dog
1964 Cholesterol regulation discovered Rat
1973 Social & behavioral patterns in...