Animal experimentation is positive or negative ?
It is true that medicines and other new products are routinely tested on animals before they are cleared for human use. While I tend towards the viewpoint that animal testing is morally wrong, I would have to support a limited amount of animal experimentation for the development of medicines.
On the one hand, there are clear ethical arguments against animal experimentation. To use a common example of this practice, laboratory mice may be given an illness so that the effectiveness of a new drug can be measured. Opponents of such research argue that human have no rights to subject animals to this kind of trauma, and that the lives of all creatures should be respected. They believe that the benefits to human do not justify the suffering caused, and that scientists should use the alternative methods of research.
On the other hand, reliable alternatives to animal experimentation may be always be available. Supporters of the use of animals in medical research believe a certain amount of suffering on the part of mice or rats can be justified if human lives are saved. They argue that the opponents might feel differently if one member of their own families needed a medical treatment that had been developed through animal experimentation. Personally, I would agree with the banning of animal testing for non-medical products, but I feel it would be a necessary evil for new drugs and medical procedures are concerned.
In conclusion, it seems to me that it would be wrong on ban testing on animals for vital medical research until equally effective alternatives have been developed.