Essay On The Pros And Cons Of Animals

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Humans share a lot of similarities with animals, some more than others (In 2005 researcher found that we share somewhere in between 98.6% and 99% of DNA with chimpanzees, and in 2012 it was found that we share 99.6% with Bonobos. Recent studies show that we also share a 90% of our genes with cats). Sharing big amounts of genetic data with animals makes them a target for psychological research, however what are the pros and cons of animals usage in their research. Will look at the ethicalness, usefulness and difference to establish a foundation of arguments both for and against.

In order to get approval for the conduct of a psychological research that includes the use of animals, the researchers have to follow set number of guidelines from their countries psychological association. The British Psychological Society and Experimental Psychology Society worked in Co-operation to produce guidelines for activities
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Cruel and Inhumane
According to the Humane Society International, almost if not all animals are faced with force feeding, inhalation, food and water deprivation, prolonged periods of physical restraint.
E.I,: Lethal Dose 50 (LD50) is a teste that involves finding out with dose of chemicals will kill 50% of the animals used in experiments.
Since animals lack of lawfully enforced rights therefore makes them an easier target to be subject of experimentation. They do not share or have cognitive ability or moral judgments that would normally be found in humans. Alternative methods
In vitro, this referee tot he testing in petri dishes, as now human cells can represent the whole human body in a petri dish. Companies such as EpiDerm and ThinCert now sell artificial human skin that can be used for