Animal Test Ethic Issue

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QUESTION 7 (ETHICS, 10 POINTS) Animal Testing Ethic Issue Animal testing, also known as animal experimentation, is widely used for research, testing, and education all over the world. An estimated 26 million animals, such as mice, rats, rabbits and other animals are experimented on and killed annually in the United State. Reports show that at least 10 percent of these animals do not receive painkillers. These experiments not only cause physical pain to animals, but also cause psychological distress to them. Therefore, animal rights advocates to impose heavy restrictions on animal research. With this growing criticism of painful experimentation on animals, a concern over the threat restrictions on the use of animals is also growing rapidly. There has been much debate on whether or not such experiment should continue. There are two positions exist. Those who against animal experiments insist that those painful experimentation on animals should be halted. The pain is not moral whether it is experienced by a child, an adult, or an animal. If it is wrong to impose pain on a human being, it is also wrong on an animal. But many people argue that halting animal experiments would end the progress of science and actually human are taking gain from those experiments. Animal experiments should be acceptable if the pain is minimized in all experiments. While the debate goes on, some countries have stepped out and passed laws to ban animal testing. Certain industries such as the cosmetic industry have recently got affected. In 2013, the European Union set out a complete ban on animal testing of cosmetics and the marketing of cruel cosmetics. Other countries such as South Korea, Australia and the United States have shown interest to introduce similar bans. It seems that a ban on animal testing will be the avoidable advance that the society will have to make. When the ban

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