Benefits of Animal Research
Animal testing is a controversial topic as pharmaceutical companies and laboratories continue to face strong criticism from animal activists. Many claim that animal research is unnecessary and cruel, not to mention that these companies often use various chemical products on animals. However, animal research may have a number of advantages.
Research on non-humans allows new procedures and drugs to be tested more quickly. Animals that are used for testing purposes often have short lifespan, which allows scientists to determine if a drug has prolonged side effects. In other words, faster testing can help to determine whether a product is safe to be used on humans.
2. Reduces human experimentation
Drugs that are not tested pose great risk to humans, so animal testing is prudent to reduce the risk, and can pinpoint some potential side effects. This simply means that fewer experiments are required and this can reduce the possible side effects. Although animal research is not a useful analogue, it is beneficial in the preliminary stages.
Animal research is safe for humans – carcinogens, toxins and possible side effects may be identified during these trials. Although animal research plays a role in reducing the potential side effects of a drug or, they can’t eradicate these dangers completely.
Medical research has been done on animals since way back, and doctors now know how to prevent exposing animals to unnecessary risk. This reliability prevents outside factors from affecting the end results, but new testing methods lack the consistency and might not produce the desired results.
Medical research, particularly with mice and rats, is inexpensive. Mice and rates breed quickly, which means their supplies are easily replenished.
Animals are usually allergic to some substances that humans are not. For instance, monkeys may be allergic to chocolates.