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Should animal testing be banned?

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Dear Editor, I recently read your article on the subject of animal testing (vivisection), and believe that you were extremely biased towards continuing to test on animals. On the other hand, I do understand that you used some valid points on the illegalisation of vivisection, but nevertheless, I believe you were still biased. I am writing to you to argue for the illegalisation of animal testing, and hopefully, after reading this letter, you will agree with me and write a new article, which hopefully, shall be a more balanced one. The main reason that I believe vivisection should be illegalised is that millions of animals die inhumane, painful deaths, where no attempt is made to relieve these poor creatures of the pain they are in. I believe that taking an innocent animals life, often for useless tests, just because we are a more intelligent species is a cruel and heartless act, which can never be justified! I know that only 5% of medical research is tested on animals, and this contradicts all I have said about millions of animals being used; however, 5% is a staggering figure. In 1998, a huge 2,659,662 experiments were conducted on 2,593,587 animals in the UK; furthermore, since 1990 the number of experiments on genetically manipulated animals in Britain has risen by 827%, which makes this the most rapidly expanding area of animal experimentation in the UK! ...read more.

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They are also used because their eyes are clear, making it easier to see the destruction of the Rabbit's eye tissue; their corneal membranes are extremely susceptible to injury. At the start of each test, the rabbits are immobilized and the substance being tested (which can range from mascara to aftershave to oven cleaner) is placed in the lower lid of one eye of each rabbit. The rabbit's eyes are clipped open. As well as having to go through this traumatic experience, anaesthesia is almost never administered. After that, the rabbits are examined at different time intervals. Reactions range from severe inflammation, to clouding of the cornea, to ulceration and rupture of the eyeball. Some studies continue for a period of weeks, and no attempt is made to treat the rabbits or to find an antidote. If the rabbits are fortunate enough to survive this gruesome and torturous experience, they are then used as subjects for skin-inflammation tests! A third argument for animal testing is 'It seems perverse of these animal rights activists to pick first on science, the most morally justifiable reason for the destruction of animals.' This quote was taken from The Guardian newspaper published 8/12/1998, and although I believe what it is saying has some truth, it is also flawed. ...read more.

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There are no alternatives for the maniacs who wish to torture innocent animals, but for the people who are willing to try new methods, there are many ways to test products. Successful alternatives include test tube studies on human tissue cultures, statistics and computer models. Science has advanced so far that we can even predict test results extremely accurately on computers, so why rely on archaic methods? These alternative experiments are also more accurate than animal testing, which has been proved to be completely unreliable in some instances. The final reason I believe vivisection should be banned is that it can be inaccurate. The genetic structure of animals can be very different to that of humans, and therefore, animals may react differently to any substances tested on them. Another reason animal testing is inaccurate is that the stress animals endure in laboratories can affect experiments, again, making the results meaningless. As a result of the unreliability of experiments using animals, tests can sometimes be complete wastes of time and money, which could have been spent on other experiments. I believe that the opportunity cost of vivisection is too high, and that using other methods could save valuable time and money, as well as precious innocent lives. After reading this letter I hope I have persuaded you to rewrite your article, and have changed your views on vivisection. Yours faithfully, Neal Patel ...read more.

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