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EXAMINE AND CONSIDER RELIGIOUS AND ETHICAL RESPONSES TO ANIMAL EXPERMINATATIONS In this Essay I will be examining and considering religious and ethical responses to animal experimentation reviewing whether the argument for or against outweighs the other. One of the questions facing society today is whether animals should be used in scientific experimentation. Animal experimentation is widely used to develop a range of medicines and to test the safety of them and other products. But many of theses experiments cause pain and suffering upon animals and some end up with a reduced quality of life. If it is morally wrong to cause animals to suffer then experimenting on animals produces serious moral problems. Animal experimenters are very aware of this ethical problem and acknowledge that experiments should be made as humane as possible. They also agree that it's wrong to use animals if alternative testing methods would produce equally valid results. More than 2.7 million live animal experiments were authorised in Great Britain in 2002 is this ethically and religiously moral? The number of testing on animals has halved in the last 30 years as the laws and restrictions have become tighter, the British law requires that any new drug that has been produced must be tested on at least two different species of live mammal. One must be a large non-rodent however UK regulations are considered some of the most rigorous in the world and the Latest figures show Animal experimentation is up overall by 3.2% to 12.1 million in 2005. This is despite European Commission and member state's individual promises to reduce and replace the use of animals in experiments. ...read more.

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However, for our discussion on animals it is important to understand that the animals are to be used by men for our needs. In Genesis 1:26-27 it says that Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them In Genesis 9 there is a change between man and animal. Up until this point in history animals were not used as food. However, God now puts certain animals in the diet of mankind. God also puts fear into the animals, so that they fear mankind. Again animals are used as to fill the needs of men. However, God continues His command in verse 2 to watch over these animals. One of the most important names in respect of animal Rights and Christianity is Peter Singer who wrote the book animal liberations starts of by noting that, for some, the idea of Animal Liberation might seem like a joke, or parody of other "proper" liberation and freedom movements. This is similar to the way that Andrew Linzey begins Animal Theology - by saying that some people would seriously question the idea of an animal theology. Peter Singer therefore begins this work with an examination of the case for the equality of women. ...read more.

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Christian philosopher Andrew Linzey feels that Animals should have some rights because of their status as creatures of God. Their position comes from their position of vulnerability. He believes one fundamental Christian principle of the duty of the strong to help the weak, as animals do not have a chocie wheather to participate in animal testing I would regard them as weak, in order to be a good Christian it would make sense to protect the weak and claim an end to animal testing. (Linzey, 1990) For my conclusion in my opinion I feel that overall the Pros for Animal experiment heavily overweigh the cons both from a religious and secular point of view. In order for the human race to continue their needs to be sacrifices and animals are one of these, it makes sense that if millions of animals are being slaughtered across the world for food and skin it provides a valid excuse to use them in experiments that benefit the human race. I would rather work for a ban on animals being used as meat and fur that for animal experimentation as we can have alternative food but there is no alternative especially for medical science that can provide the accuracy than animal testing provides. This decisioin was based after examining and considering ethical responses from secular and non secular views drawing up the image that human structure, rights, values and emotions are far more perplex than those of an animal. Books I have used www.defra.gov.uk Internet forum, 2008 http://www.peta.org/ 1. The bible 2. Animal Liberation by Peter Singer 1975 3. Animal Rights and Wrongs by Roger Scruton 1997 4. Animal Theology by Andrew Linzey 1994 5. The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique", 6. The Case for Animal Rights ...read more.

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