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Animal Testing – Right or Wrong

Case Study Thoughts
Like many other products, we rarely ever think about how the medicine we use came about. In Ethics, this question is of fundamental importance.

Animal experiments are widely used to develop new medicines and to test the safety of other products. Many of these experiments cause pain to the animals involved or reduce their quality of life in other ways. However, is it morally justified if the drug it produces can save countless lives?

 Case Study

  • Which life is of more value; a human’s or an animal’s?
  • Can you cause the suffering of an animal to prevent the suffering of another?
  • How significant must the health benefits be for it to be be deemed worthwhile?
  • How is the authorities meant to assess the benefits and drawbacks of each drug to decide which is the best course of action to take?
  • Can animal testing be used as part of education with universities where there may be no direct benefit?

1 Response

  1. Talha Ghannam

    Such an interesting question! What’s amazing is that this is something which affects each one of us yet so few of us have ever given it any though or know who to approach to ask!

    Truthfully, I dont know the answers either, but the idea of using animals to test medicines makes me very uneasy. But then again, many of us eat meat and don’t think twice about that as its something which has been made halal. Is there some similarities there?

    Such a tough question!

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