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Andrew Linzey The Place of Animals in Creation Andrew Linzeys article The Place of Animals in Creation presents a Christian viewpoint on the issue of animal experimentation Every year millions of animals are killed in experimentation that supposedly someway benefit humans The USDA registered research laboratories reported that nearly 13 million animals including dogs cats primates rabbits farm animals bears wild rodents and others were killed in experiments between 1990 and 1997 As shocking as that number is it does not include hundreds of millions of small rodents and birds Many of these experiments are argued to be unnecessary and cruel According to the Physicians for Responsible Medicine web site the EPA recently ordered tests to be done on over 2800 chemicals The majority of these tests argues the web site are completely unnecessary and an absurd waste of money and life Such chemicals as rat poison and turpentine are being tested to see if they have harmful effects on humans Most people already know that rat poison will probably kill a person if they consume it and turpentine is also commonly know to be dangerous This is just one example of the problems with animal experimentation Many sources will argue that most experiments do not do an accurate job predicting the actual effects that a substance will have on humans Many would wonder how it is possible to apply Biblical passages to such a modern subject Although the Bible does not specifically discuss animal experimentation it does however discuss both animal rights and our responsibility towards animals Scholars holding a view that sees man as having ultimate absolute power of animals and the rest of the world have dominated the majority of time following the writing of the Bible Many read Genesis 128 where it says have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moveth upon the
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