Animal experimentation has been used in biomedical,behavioral, and cosmetic experimentation and research for a few centuries;experiments using animals were used in Greece more than 2,000 years ago and sincethen there have been numerous advances in solutions, medicines, and in thecomprehension of how the functions of creatures have been the immediateaftereffect of creature experimentation.
Just like experimentation and researchusing animals is not new, the worry over the welfare of research facilitycreatures is likewise not new, as reflected in the exercises of different creaturewelfare and antivivisectionist groups dating back to the nineteenth century, theconcern over the wellbeing of these animals has even prompted laws and controlsadministering the utilization of animals in research and to different aides andexplanations of standard intended to guarantee compassionate treatment andutilization of lab creatures. Even though these laws and regulations have beenput in place there still remains the fact that the use of primates inbiomedical research in the U.S.is inhumane.National Geographic states that primates possess a ninety-sixpercent and chimpanzees share a ninety-eight percent similarity to humans, butin spite of that animal experimentation is still nonetheless unreliable. “Thereare many differences between chimpanzees” or monkeys in general to “humans inDNA sequence and how our genes function. These genetic differences ultimatelycause differences in physiology” (http://www.huffingtonpost.
com/aysha-akhtar/why-animal-experimentatio_b_3997568.html).”Human diseases are typically artificially induced in animals, but the enormousdifficulty of reproducing anything approaching the complexity of human diseasesin animal models limits their usefulness”. According to the The Flaws and HumanHarms of Animal Experimentation, even if there were a considerable amount ofsimilarity between an animal like the monkey and the corresponding humandisease, the interspecies differences in physiology, behavior,pharmacokinetics, and genetics would ultimately limit the reliability of theresults of the animal study, even if there was a considerable amount ofresearch put into the study. One of the most notable failure of the ability totranslate the results of animal experimentation using monkey is the HIV andAIDS vaccine research. An enormous amount of time and resources were put intocreating non-human primate models of HIV and 90 HIV of the HIV vaccines thesucceeded using the monkeys failed in humans. So the monkeys went through anenormous amount of poking and prodding all in the name of a vaccine that endedup being ineffective in the end. Both the physiological and genetic differencesbetween monkeys and humans make the humans’ use of primates to study diseasesof humans, treatments for humans, and for pharmaceuticals invalidate theresults gotten from the studiesIn addition, primates should not be used for animalexperimentation because of the amount of pain that they have to endure on adaily basis because of the experiment performed on them.
“Every yearone-hundred and five thousand primates are imprisoned in laboratories” wherethey are subject to abuse and invasive, painful, and horrifyingly terribleexperiments(peta). Animals go through deprivation, loneliness, boredom,insanity, pain, and misery, even though as stated in the paragraph above the resultsbecome ineffective do to physiological and genetic differences. The baby monkeys that happen to be born in the laboratoriesare taken away from their mothers within about three days of their birth andthere have been investigations done that found out that in order for theprimates to be taken from their homes the mothers are shot or shocked. Thesemonkeys are confined to small cold steel cages where they barely have enoughroom to move.According to Peta, “research shows that ninety percent ofprimates in laboratories exhibit abnormal behaviors due to physical abuse,psychological abuse, stress, social isolation, and barren confinement that theyhave to endure on a daily basis”. Due to the conditions these moneys live inthey experience insanity. They start exhibiting behaviors such as rocking backand forth, pacing endlessly, engaging in repetitive motions such as back-flipping,and even self-mutilation. The tests that the monkeys are used for are painful.
ForinstanceHuman beings do not possess some kind of a divine right tothe use of other creatures besides themselves, if the humans themselves areunwilling experiment upon themselves or other human beings. Mankind’s thought process on the use ofanimals for human purposes and to prolong the life of humans is greatly flawedand morally and ethically wrong. The biggest or most prevalent justificationfor the use of animals to the means human ends and interests is that theyreceive benefits from the use of these creatures. This notion even if it wasused for a more charitable and good cause would in the end still be justifyingthe ends with the means.
Humans would rather sacrifice a non-human entity inorder to save the life of a fellow human at the expense of pain, suffering, anddeath of large amounts of animals. Most individuals would agree that humans areobviously different from animals and although humans are different in the sensethat we can make moral decisions, think about different subjects in an analyticstate of mind, communicate our opinions and control our desires, but because ofthe superiority complex that humans have over animals humans become oblivious tothe harm they are actually doing to these animals.