27 February, 2014
The debate over animal research is getting more complicated as animal protection organization begins to rise. The strength of these organizations has risen to a point where researchers cannot ignore. It forces us to decide whether to continue to improve human knowledge or come to a halt. For centuries, it has been survival of the fittest. Animals have been livestock and back-breaking slave labors for humans. While animals do have a mind of its own, it is not nearly as intelligent or valuable as ours. Animals who do not have a high level of thinking should not be treated the same as the ones who do.
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This is an important distinction when talking about animal rights. Jeremy Bentham, the founder of the reforming utilitarian school of moral philosophy states that when deciding on a being’s rights, “The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’”(Bentham). In the quote, Bentham points to the capacity for suffering as the vital characteristic that gives a being the right to equal consideration. The capacity for suffering is not another characteristic like the capacity for higher mathematics or language. All animals have the ability to suffer in the same way, even to the same degree that humans do. Although animals may feel pain and suffering as humans do, we are faced with human development or human sympathy. Human development is obviously the right choice because even though they feel pain and suffering as we do, but when it comes to intelligents we are unquestionably superior.
Large organizations such as the Humane Society have helped stray animals find homes, but in the end it is still survival of the fittest. Research on animals should be allowed if it’s for the benefit of humanity. Bioterrorism medical counter measurements are also another key reason why animal-based research is paramount. Animal research is a vital component of work underway to...