MadSci Network: Genetics

Re: What are your ethical views on Animal rights?

Date: Tue May 8 09:08:02 2001
Posted By: Michael Watson, Grad student, (biology) Have Undergrad degree in biomedical Engineering, Central CT State University
Area of science: Genetics
ID: 986777757.Ge

Dear Ryan,

I believe in the use of animals for medical research.  Because of some 
mammals close physiological characteristics to humans, they are a good 
choice to determine if a medical treatment is viable before starting human 
testing.  In the U.S. animal testing must be done on a drug before it can 
enter the first of four phases of human drug testing before going to the 

In my previous work experience all animals that I tested or made equipment 
to test with were used in non-invasive experiments.  In other words, the 
animals were not continuously needled or subject to harm.  They might have 
been unhappy being placed in a restrainer but were able to return to their 
normal daily routine after measuring some physiological factors such as 
blood pressure or respiration.

If the testing is done humanely where animals are not caused to suffer then 
it should be used.  It would be better than testing an experimental drug on 
one of our relatives.

I hope this answers your qu

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