Animal Testing

Animal Testing

Animal Testing

Animal Testing

Synopsis

In the field of social policy, some topics are so complicated that they will always be subject to debate. Since no clear right or wrong exists, they are consigned to the gray areas of ongoing dispute. Among such issues open for debate both across America and in this eye-opening series are capital punishment, genetic engineering, gun control, and global warming. Others involve terrorism and chemical and biological warfare, two outright evils, though with highly disputable solutions. Open for Debate explores the past, present, and future to shed light on complex, high-priority public policy. a lucid, readily accessible format offers the pros and cons of each issue with opinions from social policy experts. It features sidebars of fascinating facts and easy-to-understand diagrams of key statistics. Open for Debate introduces future public policy thinkers to both sides of twenty-first-century, life-and-death concerns.

Excerpt

Because animal testing evokes strong emotions, positions held on the issue vary greatly. Most people who object to animal testing cite ethical and moral grounds. They may consider the practice cruel, unjust, misleading, unnecessary, or even dangerous to humans. (Dangerous to humans, for example, because cross-species treatments, such as using pig valves in human hearts, could cause deadly autoimmune reactions.) Members of some groups that are opposed to animal testing and experimentation may also object to hunting and fishing; eating meat or other animal products; wearing fur, feathers, or leather; keeping animals as pets; or using animals for entertainment, as in circuses, zoos, movies, and rodeos. In fact, some people who object to animal testing claim that because animals are living creatures and are sentient (aware) they should have rights, just as humans have rights. Animals should not be exploited for any purpose, they say, including biomedical studies.

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