Reach far into the imagination and vision a world with no vaccines for polio and tetanus; imagine a world with no insulin for diabetes. Imagine a world with no chemotherapy treatment for suffering cancer patients. Thanks to animal experimentation such a world is not representative of today's society. Although testing is common today,
the days of testing without much protest are no longer around. According to Tom Reagan, "If we are sure that animals experience both pain and pleasure, then we must regard them as something that counts” (8). Although animal rights activists have some cause for alarm,
animal experimentation is a must and cannot be dismissed. The fact that human beings are still dying due to incurable diseases should be reason enough to still implernent animal testing. David Bender author of Animal Rights: Opposing Viewpoints stipulates: Scientist feel it is essential for the public to understand that had scientific research been restrained in the first decade of the 20th century as antivivisectionists and activist were then and are today urging, many millions of Americans alive and healthy today would never have been born or would have suffered a premature death. Their parents or grandparents would have died from dipheria, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, diabetes, appendicitis, and countless other diseases and disorders.(77)
Contrary to what many believe, humans are not the only ones benefiting from these tests. Both animals and the environment also profit from these methods of testing. The practice of animal testing has been a concern to both scientists and animal rights activists for many years. Although alternatives to animal testing do exist, they are not yet far enough developed to serve as an adequate substitute.
With animal testing comes a few major concerns to both scientist and animal rights activist alike, but because of animal research science has been able to diagnose and treat some of the deadliest...