The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments

By Andrew Knight

Few moral concerns create as a lot controversy as invasive experiments on animals. a few scientists declare they're crucial for fighting significant human sickness, or detecting human pollutants. Others declare the opposite, subsidized by means of hundreds of thousands of sufferers harmed by way of prescription drugs constructed utilizing animal checks. a few declare all experiments are performed humanely, to excessive medical criteria. but, a wealth of stories have lately printed that laboratory animals endure major pressure, that could distort experimental effects.
-Where, then, does the reality lie?
-How priceless are such experiments in advancing human healthcare?
-How a lot do animals endure accordingly?
-And do scholars actually need to dissect or test on animals?
-What are the consequences on their attitudes in the direction of them? Bioethicist and veterinarian Andrew Knight provides greater than a decade of ground-breaking medical study, research and adventure to supply evidence-based solutions to a key query: is animal experimentation ethically justifiable?

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