Should animal testing be banned? It is an extremely tough and sensitive question to answer. I think what can make this a more difficult question, is that we humanize animals so much. Especially through movies and books where we have talking and thinking little critters, I think we humanize them well beyond their mental capacity, probably very well beyond for most of them.
I definitely struggle more with the idea of testing on more intellectual animals, for obvious reasons. I think all testing should be done in very ethical ways, the most ethical ways possible. It may be a good idea to have review boards for proposed ideas if we don’t already have them. Perhaps we should have to prove a studies value to humans and that the tests are of significant importance.
I don’t think there is any argument that animal testing hasn’t been important. In fact, animal testing has probably saved millions of lives if not billions. Not to mention helped make un imaginable advances in medicine. Plus, helped us understand genetics and things like that that. So, I would have to say that I am reluctantly still for animal testing, but I think that there should be review boards for proposed studies which detail that it will be done in the most ethical way possible and showing significant importance to humans.
I am also a big fan of the monument to lab mice in Russia. I am actually very much in favor to statues and monuments to farm animals and lab animals. I think it is good to show as a society that we appreciate their sacrifice. I think it could be good for children to grow up with a good and healthy respect for animals in that way.