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Jessica Ellington
Argument paper
Fri Nov 9, 2012 4:31pm
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The topic I decided to write about is on animal rights in animal testing. In the beginning I had multiple topics I was trying to decide on but in the end I went with animal rights. This is such a topic that most often attracts mixed opinions when asked about which side they stand on. The first and foremost argument that is presented against animal testing deals with the issue of animal cruelty. It is often argued that these tests cause a lot of pain to the lab animals and the condition in which they are held captive for experimentation are not at all healthy. One of the main points I will make in using animals for testing is that it is cruel and morally indefensible. Animals used in research are often subjected to conditions that cause them pain and distress. In the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees animal research, the United States law requires that researchers administer painkillers to lab animals unless those drugs would skew the results of the test. However, mice, rats and birds, which comprise more than 90% of the animals tested in the U.S., are exempt from that requirement. Nearly all animals used for research purposes are killed after the experiments are over. Many people have stepped forward to help animals since they are not able to help themselves. Organizations like PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals) are working every day to put laws in place for them. I am writing my paper on this topic because I feel very strongly about animal testing and I believe it should be illegal. The opposing side would say we need to test products before they hit the market for general public to use, however, we can find alternative ways of testing with the technology we have today. They might also argue if it has not been for animal testing, a number of lifesaving drugs and surgical procedures would not have been around. By doing research, I have found many great arguments to back up my side that I hope to incorporate in my paper. In this paper I want to provide very good examples and find a way to persuade the opposition in to changing their views or beliefs on this certain topic.

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