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Sydney Rooney Ms. Beauchamp - Teese English 10-3 16 March 2001 Some Cat Saved Your Grandma Animal rights activists are constantly preaching about how doctors and scientists should give up testing on their cute furry little creatures because it not only causes the animal pain but also the activists' pain. They just can't stand seeing Fido and Fluffy in such nauseating conditions and being injected several times until their body gives out, and they can't stand the sight or even hearing about the poor little Siamese kitten who's eyes are bloodshot with tests for makeup samples. These activists also believe that alternative methods of testing products are more productive than animal testing, and ...view middle of the document...

You are running out of time and can only save the life of either the kitten or the boy. Which would you choose? It's only natural to choose the boy over the kitten. Imagine telling this little boy's mother and father about your striking decision and then telling them, "but the kitten was so small and cute! I couldn't just leave it there! Sorry about your boy." The parents would be heartbroken. Not one single thing can replace a human life. Now imagine telling a small girl that you just did not have time to save her pet, but look what you did save, another child just like her. Then ask her what she would have felt like if you had left her for that cat.By hypotheticals as these we can begin to understand how human lives are more valuable then animal lives, and that without the advances doctors and scientists have made in through their quest in animal testing people of today would be malnourished, sick and diseased, and ultimately dead.Under one of Darwin's theories, every population of species has a main goal of survival in any situation. First each population strives to survive against other species, but if they come to the realization that this objective is unattainable, they compete against other members of their own population. As humans we are lucky enough to not have to worry about competing against each other in order to stay alive, but we do have to fight tiny organisms that affect our body in disturbing manners. In order to survive we must use our minds to create vaccinations and antibiotics that allow us to live longer, healthier lives. Keeping with this theory, humans test their vaccinations on animals so that the human race does not put their own kind in jeopardy. Animals of different families are the solution to this epidemic. Scientists use animals to test what have come out to be cures and treatments for such diseases as smallpox, polio, and diabetes. If this kind of research continues to occur people will no longer suffer from AIDS, malaria, and the common cold.Animal rights activists believe that there are other, safer, and more successful ways of testing research for the same diseases. They are told that these alternative methods of research testing are more efficient and effective than testing on animals People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "Alternatives"). This alternative method is known as tissue culture and is composed of monolayers of a precise type of cell and is grown in a culture medium. These monolayers of cells are unable to duplicate the interaction between different types of cell from other parts of the body, and consequently can not compare to animal research. Most scientists consider monolayers incredibly useful tools but they fail to be an alternative to animals (O'Donell). Non-animal testing is significantly less expensive than regular animal testing, and animal rights literature often cites this as an advantage to alternative testing methods People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "Alternatives")....

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