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Ethical Research Discussed

Monkey research

This week’s blog post for our Marketing Research & Strategy class instructed us to take a closer look at our classmates’ blog posts and what point of view they took towards ethical research. Reading through many interesting posts, one of the post that stood out was a post by Katlyn Hoge, “Monkey Drug Trials”. Her blog post took a closer look at how monkeys were used to test the effects of drug and more particular the effect of overdosing on drugs. They were conditioned to inject themselves with drugs. Once they became addicted, they were giving large amounts of drugs which would give them the choice of continuing their addiction or not. The results described in her blog were horrific. Examples ranged from monkeys breaking limbs in order to escape to animals dying of an overdose.

I completely agree with Katlyn’s statement that these practices are considered to be very unethical and that we should come up with different practices were these innocent animals get spared from tests and possible death. What seemed pretty meaningless to me when reading the article that she read, is that the reasoning for conducting these experiments on animals is needless. I think there are plenty of cases in the past that have shown the devastating effects of large amounts of drugs on the behavior and health of humans. Why would we try to further investigate this research on innocent animals while we have humans dying daily from overdosing on these types of drugs?

Lab mouseAnother blog post by Stephanie Liou, called “Animal Research: The Ethics of Animal Experimentation”, argues both sides of the topic. I think she is bring forth some very interesting points for both cases. She also presents a middle ground with tries to limit the use of animals for scientific research, but doesn’t necessarily completely ban it. In her case against animal experiments, her strongest argument is that animals deserve to receive the same respected treatment as humans.
On the other end, in her statement for animal experimentation the main argument is turns to moral status. Researchers that are for animal experimentation state that “humans have higher moral status than animals and fundamental rights that animals lack.”

Stephanie provides a middle ground at the end of her blog post that brings both sides together. The middle ground provides an argument that allows further animals experimentation but under strict rules. One of those rules for example is that animal research should not be allowed when there is already extensive literature research out in the scientific community. Another argument she addresses is that when there is no research out there yet that researchers have to ensure the best possible treatment of the animals while being studied. This includes first of all, reducing the pain and suffering the animals have been through in the past as much as possible, through for example the use of anesthesia.

Both Katlyn’s blog and Stephanie’s blog are very interesting readings and worth checking out in case you’re interested in reading the full article.