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2010 Animal Research

For many years it has been believed that testing on animals is the answer to finding cures for many of the diseases and illnesses that are inflicted on humans. It is slowly being proven that what could cure an animal does not necessarily have the same effect on the human body. Although this has been proven many times, scientists still continue to carry out the tests on animals.

Yet there are a number of alternatives that could be used and by putting them into practice the continued cruelty that has been inflicted on animals could at least be reduced with a view to putting an end to it all together. Making use of embryonic stem cells is one such alternative.

With budgets being cut and costs being closely monitored, many of the alternatives are much more cost effective. Firstly, one of the many savings would be the space. A substantial proportion of space is taken up with cages that house the animals before tests are carried out on them. This could be eliminated freeing up areas that could easily be put to good use.

However, this is a minor issue when the aspect of the overall cruelty is taken into account. Cruelty to animals has been publicised in the media for some time and people inflicting this cruelty have often been prosecuted. Behind the closed doors of the laboratory it is a different story; nobody knows what goes on in the name of research but the suffering that the animals experience can be just as inhumane.

So why do these barbaric experiments continue when there are so many alternatives? Is it because in some areas the philosophy is that the old ways are the best even though cancer has been known to have been “cured” in some animals but humans still die from the disease. In some areas of the medical profession, the use of alternatives is thought of as the way forward and should be more widely practiced.

Although the use of embryonic stem cells to combat a number of diseases is in its early stages, as it becomes more widely used, it is seen as a way to combat the threat of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. With this in mind if ongoing success is experienced, then this form of research can be used to combat a great number of illnesses that are suffered by humans.

It is appreciated that testing on animals is never just going to stop, it will take time, but by taking advantage of the alternatives this form of research could be significantly reduced on an ongoing basis. All that the animals and animal lovers are searching for is a future where animals are not used in this way. Surely that is not too much to ask?

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