Should animal testing be banned?



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Humans have long experimented on animals to test new medications and cosmetic products. Given the level of suffering inflicted on animals in the process, there is little doubt that such experimentation is inhumane. As such, outlawing the testing of cosmetics on animals would seem to most an uncontroversial position. The EU has already done just that. But what about when it comes to life saving drugs? Is animal suffering the price that must be paid to ease human suffering? How reliable is the data that can be gathered from testing cures designed for people on other species? Are scientists doing enough to reduce the harm caused to animals? Are there more humane alternatives? And as with so many ethical questions, can it be reduced to the greatest good for the greatest many?

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