How is experimenting on animals any different from other situations where humans kill animals for survival?

Aside from the fact that there are often alternative methods for doing medical research, the concern regarding experimentation is not just that animals are killed in the process. The greater concern is the suffering involved, which is often a fate considerably worse than death. This is the reason why even people who support the death penalty would consider it appalling to perform such experiments on convicted felons awaiting execution.


Follow up questions:

What are the alternatives to testing on animals?

Do animal rights supporters refrain from using life saving drugs which were developed through animal testing?

Aren't there laws regulating the use of animals in laboratories?

What if the cure to cancer could be produced by a hypothetical experiment on just a single animal?

What if you were in a burning building and could only save your child or your dog?

Isn't it insulting to compare human beings with animals?


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