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Citizenship Coursework B: A Topical Issue For my citizenship coursework I have chosen to write about the topic 'Animal Testing". I have chosen this topic because it is a controversial issue as many people are for and against. Almost every medical treatment you use has been tested on animals. More than 2.7 million animals are tested a year around the world, animals are used to test products ranging from shampoo to new cancer drugs. British law requires that any new drug must be tested on at least two different species of live mammal. Animal rights activists claim that because animal experiments are not completely reliable, they should not be used at all. In this essay I am going to be using two articles from the guardian newspaper. One is called "Gandhi's way wont do" and the other is called "if mice could talk". They are both discussing animal testing. One of them is if animal testing should carry on and the other is if animal testing should stop completely. ...read more.


"Ghandi's way won't do it" written by Karen dawn says that drug companies make lots of new drugs which do literally nothing towards all the effort it takes to test a drug. This means that thousands of animals are dying easily. She then goes on to say that animals are a lot different to humans and it would be better science to test them on humans as you would get a better result because it is humans that are suffering mostly from disease. I think these articles are biased as they do not present both of the arguments very well. I think Karen Dawn does not take into mind that all these animals are a help to making new drugs and that finding alternatives to this would cost a lot of money. I also think that Heather Tomlinson does not know that many animals are becoming ill or even dying because of testing on animals, and that sometimes animal testing is not a good result. ...read more.


The animals are bread for one purpose to test for these drugs. The animals would not be alive if animal testing was not around. I disagree when Dawn quotes "peaceful protesting is not enough" I believe that death and even violence in this situation is wrong because the main point of this is to save peoples lives and violence and death is just taking lives away and it is using up all the good resources provided by the NHS. Therefore, I do not support animal testing because I think that it is cruelty to animals, by keeping them in laboratories and testing all sorts of drugs on them. If a drug is going to be tested, test it on a human to get a much better result as animals are a lot different to humans. I do not think they should keep testing drugs on animals as it could lead to death of the animal or a terrible illness. Although animal testing has helped to develop vaccines against diseases like rabies, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and TB for humans, I don't think it is fair that another living creature should have to suffer instead of us. ...read more.

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