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Scientific Experiments on Animals:

Ethical, or Not?

Piper McLean

on 27 February 2016

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Transcript of Scientific Experiments on Animals:

Scientific Experiments on Animals:
Ethical, or Not?

Lethal Dose 50% Test
Draize Eye Test
The Draize Eye Test is an experiment where scientists add chemicals to animals' eyes, measure the pain and record any side effects.
Successful Clone of Piglets
Sort of Unsuccessful Clone-
Noah the Gaur (Died at 2 days old)
Animal Treatment
Experimentation on animals
Pros of Cloning
Prevent extinction
More food
More resources
Test subjects
Helps humans gain more knowledge on cloning different types of animals and on humans
Not genuine
1 in 1000 survive eg. 2009, an extinct goat was cloned and died after 7 minutes of being born
Very small chance of success
Very expensive
Animals are often born with severe conditions, and die within a short period time
Ecosystems can be disturbed
The process can be harmful to animals
Cons of Cloning
Genetic Modification
Another form of animal treatment, is genetic modification, where scientists take DNA from one animal or plant and insert it into another to create a hybrid, larger or different species.
Public views on cloning
Animal experimentation
benefits humans
It can negatively affect the animals involved.
Some countries don't sell products unless they have been tested on animals, products such as L'Oreal, Avon, Estee Lauder all do experiments on animals.
Scientists have wondered whether it was morally right to experiment on animals at all and whether it was scientifically valid to do so.
Animal treatment is both ethical and unethical.
Us humans are the ones who ask for these products and only then do they test on animals.
Is it ethical to sell products to people before testing it on animals?
There are two answers to this:
Yes, because animals don't deserve to die or suffer for humans.
No, because if the product is faulty an innocent human being may die.
Success rate of cloning is from 0.1 - 3%
When cloned animals are born, many are bigger than the naturally born counterparts
The Lethal Dose 50% Test is a notorious experiment where scientists transfer poison into animals in increasing doses until half of the test subjects die.
First Successful Cloned Mammal: Dolly the Sheep
Most people are against cloning, although some support it.
Most neutral people decide against cloning.
People have different beliefs on cloning.
People will have expectations for high welfare levels in expensive animals, but are likely to accept lower welfare levels in inexpensive animals.
What Genetic Modification
Does To Animals

"In suffering animals are our equals."
- Peter Singer

Verifies safety of drugs
Medicines and cures found
Safe cosmetic products

Animals have rights
Don't deserve to suffer for fruitless experiments
Some are treated cruelly
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