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One of the most touchy aspects of our relationship with animals is the use of animals in laboratory sciences Some manufactures of cosmetics and household products still conduct painful and useless tests on live animals even though no law requires them not to Some people called anti-vivisectionists are at one extreme in their concern They want an abolition of all experiments on live animals At the other extreme there are those who say that it is quite all right for us to do whatever we like to animals They say that God gave us such a right since it is written in the bible Genesis 126 that man has dominion over all creatures If these tests give some educational value adds to scientific knowledge or can help improve human health they argue that it is worth killing animals or subjecting them to painful experiments I believe that the unnecessary testing of animals is inhumane and unethical when alternative methods The anti-vivisectionists say we should not allow experiments on animals and the animal utilitarians or vivisectionists claim that we can do anything to animals if it is for the ultimate good of humanity Perhaps they are both wrong Much can be learned from treating animals that are already sick or injured in testing new life-saving drugs and surgical techniques Animals as well as people benefit from new discoveries But is it right to take perfectly healthy animals and harm them to find cures for human illnesses many of which we bring on ourselves by poisoning the environment eating the wrong kinds of foods and by not adopting a healthy active life-style Do people have the right to do what ever they like to perfectly healthy animals Do we have the right to continue doing experiments over and over again in a needless repetition and a waste of animals if no new information is going to be
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