Sabiha Yasmeen Khan
Workshop Leader: Betsy Rogers
ENGL 109: Introduction to Academic Writing
Comparison Essay: The Pain of Animals & Enemies of Science
For centuries scientists have used animals to study the causes of diseases; to test drugs, vaccines and surgical techniques; and to evaluate the safety of chemicals used in pesticides, cosmetics and other products. However, many scientists amongst animal- right activists forbid the use of animals in scientific research regardless how many illnesses are eliminated through the use of animals in scientific research. Amongst animal right activists, David Suzuki also raises concerns towards animal experimentation. In his article, The Pain of Animals, Suzuki argues that humans have no right to exploit animals because--much like humans--animals also experience pain. In contrast to Suzuki, Haldane, in his article, Some Enemies of Science, argues because animals are very similar to humans, scientists have no choice but to use animals in scientific experiments. Both authors greatly contrast their opinions towards animal experimentation; however Haldane has a more explanatory approach towards animal experimentation. He argues animal experimentation should be acceptable because other forms of animal exploitation are acceptable in society. Secondly, unlike other forms of exploitation which seek pleasure in killing animals such as leisure sport, scientists, most likely do not harm animals; if pain is intended on an animal it is strictly for the purpose of scientific advancement. Thirdly, although, animal experimentation may cause some extinction, it is only one of many other causes of extinction, if other causes are not condemned; then neither should animal experimentation. Most of all, those of who believe animal experimentation is wrong can chose not to purchase products that have been tested on animals. Overall, this essay will explain Haldane's his justification of using animals in scientific experimentation while conveying Suzuki's concerns towards animal experimentation.
Do animals experience pain? This has been a question for scientists and animal right activist for many years. Both authors, Suzuki and Haldane agree that if animals can be used as models because their nervous systems resembles to those of humans; then, animals must also be similar to humans in other aspects; they must also experience pain. Suzuki, however argues that scientists imply great amount of pain to animals in scientific experiments. He argues even when scientists mimic laboratories to animal's natural habitat, they are causing pain to the animal simply because the animal is captivated. In contrast to Suzuki, Haldane argues, pain and suffering are part of all living things. If animals are not used in scientific experiments they are still bound to suffer in life by other means such as entertainment, sports, agriculture, fashionable wear, and consumption. Haldane argues that if such forms of...