EQ: Should animals be experimented on in labs for human benefit? (Matt N)

EQ (at least one essential question): Should animals be experimented on in labs for human benefit?
BACKGROUND: Many people believe that animal experimentation is okay, while many other movements are against it. Animals do not meet the same four standards as humans do: same symptoms, same origin of disease, same neurobiological mechanism, and same treatment response. Due to this, testing a product on an animal will not have the same effect on humans, so animals are being experimented on for no reason since they are not very accurate. Many labs are inspected to make sure animals are not mistreated during experiments. But, many labs are not inspected and cause harm to animals.
MY CLAIM: I think that animals should not be experimented on in labs. Too many animals are being hurt and often killed every year due to mistreatment in experiments. Animals have their own rights, just like humans. Just because these animals look different than us does not give us the right to use them for our benefits. Just like with different races in humans, none are given less rights for being different than one another. Animals shouldn’t either. They walk, talk, and live life just like us, humans. They do nothing to harm us, so we should not do anything to harm them.
SUPPORT: “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.” (George Bernard Shaw, from Irish Playright and Critic). Other animals, other than humans, can’t write books or ride bikes, but other people cannot either. Intelligence does not determine whether somebody’s basic rights are limited, so just because animals are not as intelligent as humans, they should not have fewer rights than we do. Humans may be smarter, but we are not the most important race on earth.

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10 responses to “EQ: Should animals be experimented on in labs for human benefit? (Matt N)

  1. Justin Clements

    I agree with you. However, to me, it seems your blog post is supported with more opinions than facts. You have support, but it seems more opinion-orientated. Besides that, good job.

    • What would you say to refute this claim? what evidence would you use in support? How would you counter Matt’s reasoning?

    • Matt Nichols

      What I stated was that animals have rights as well as people. I may talk about animals hurt being wrong, but I don’t state that as an opinion, I’m saying that it’s violating animals’ basic rights in life. But thank you.

  2. Alyssa Garrido

    Your introduction was framed very well. I agree to your claim. Animals should be treated just as equally as humans.

    • What additional support would you provide if you agree with Matt’s claim? (your blog comments should support, defend, or challenge the INTRO BLOG post with your own evidence and reasoning.

    • Matt Nichols

      Thank you Alyssa. All animals, including humans, have equal rights and there are no exceptions, which is why animals, other than humans, also have their right to live peacefully.

  3. Christian Encarnacion

    We, as humans contradict the point of animal testing by knowing that all animals are not essentially biologically constructed in the same way. Each organism is built to adjust to certain aspects of everyday life, and the way this is done is different throughout all of the animal kingdom. We know all of this, yet we still choose to experiment on animals. What purpose do we hope to serve by doing so? Sure, there might be some “possible similarities” between that of humans and other animals, but nowhere does this constitute the experimentation upon animals for human benefit. I agree with you, as we are basically making it obvious that for anything to be tested for effect or benefit that it MUST and CAN ONLY be tested on that of humans for a true effect, but then again, that probably won’t occur. We cannot hope to treat animals like slaves as we did with members of society in the past; each animal is kin to us and should be treated as such, supported by your own quote made by George Bernard Shaw, “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.”(George Bernard Shaw, from Irish Playright and Critic).

    • effective counterclaim and reasoning Christian! [We] “contradict the point of animal testing by knowing that all animals are not essentially biologically constructed in the same way”

  4. Caoimhe Harvey

    I agree with the claim that we should not test on animals, however, if something goes viral, similar to how the swine flu went viral, how will we know if the vaccine works. Testing on humans would be considered human creulty and testing on animals is beginning to become more detested.

    • Matt Nichols

      What I’m saying is to not force anybody into an experiment they don’t want. If people want to try new ideas, then there is a consequence for every action and in this case, finding somebody who is willing to do the experiment is the problem because not many people will want to volunteer themselves into something like that. Forcing animals who don’t want to be experimented on is the problem since they don’t have consent. Animals can’t tell you ‘No’ when humans can.

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