Pets/Rats: Ethical Issues with Lab Mice

The animal experiments issue is a hot debate in the scientific and media world. Experiments on animals have been conducted for many years now, and this has helped scientists come up with important breakthrough inventions that helped shaped the world as it is today. But, many are talking about the pain caused to these animals, in order to conduct these experiments. Many moral laws have been voted, adopted and implemented into civilized countries, to protect the rights and quality of life of these animals.3289088597_d772ec1c75_b

These laws state that these experiments are to be done in a humane manner. Experts have been dividing themselves pro and against these animal experiments. The ones in favor state that suffering should be used only for the benefits of humans that cannot be obtained with any other method. If conducted, these experiments should minimize the suffering of the animals.

The voices against animal experiments say that animal experiments should not be used at all, as the benefits for the human species is not always proven, thus the pain of these animals is sometimes pointless.

The European Union revised all the directives of animal protection in 2008. These laws aim to improve the wellbeing and state of the animals used for important and beneficial experiments for humans. Any use of animals in the labs is attached to a big sheet of ethical reviews, requirements and authorizations. This also implies that only animals from the older generations be used for experimentation, and the number of subjects used for a set of experiments be keep to the bare minimum. Today, only one argument stays valid for animal experiments: if there is a certain observation that cannot be made under any other experiments. The era of animal experiments is starting to fade, as people around the world are more aware of these practices and raise their collective voice.

Any student studying to obtain a degree in bachelor of science should be very accustomed with the recent regulations of the EU.