Animal experimentation

Alak Laz, Tanya Stefanova Cholakova, Sofia Vrablova & Naverawaheed Arshad

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


Animal experimentation is a crucial part of medical science. One of the ways to define it is any scientific experiment conducted for research purposes that cause any kind of pain or suffering to animals. Over the years, the new discovered drugs or treatments are first applied on animals to test their positive outcomes to be later used by humans. There is a debate about violating ethical considerations by exploiting animals for human benefits. However, different ethical theories have been made to justify whether animal experimentation is morally right or not. Laws and regulations have been enacted around the world to regulate the care and use of animals in the laboratories. The results from animal experiments also lack reliability when comparing them to humans. Animals and humans share some anatomical similarities but it is difficult to completely generalize animal experiments to humans in a medical procedure. In order to understand these issues closely, this paper focuses on the case study of thalidomide tragedy. Thalidomide was a drug used to treat nausea in pregnant women but was banned as it caused birth defects in many children. The aim of this paper is to analyse this case study to evaluate how ethical it is to perform animal experiments and whether it is possible to abandon it and excel in medical science with assistance of some promising alternatives of animal experiments.

UddannelserBasis - Naturvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato20 dec. 2016
Antal sider37
VejledereLisa Samuelsen