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In most matters, including medicine, the well-being of the human race comes before any other consideration. That is the rationale for the use of nonhuman animal testing in medicine. Obviously this argument brings issues into play that are both ethical and professional and need researching before a definitive answer can be given. The Rights of "Lesser Life Forms" Animals have rights. This is an announcement that very few people would disagree with. Animal cruelty as an end unto itself (i.e. for amusement) is just wrong. Short of being a sociopath I really can not imagine anyone believing or thinking differently. The real ethical question comes when humanity may benefit from a "cruelty" committed from an animal. So far as life on this planet goes, we appear to be in the pinnacle of production. Although we've just been here for less than the blinking of an eye, as far as our little world is concerned, we have achieved heights unmatched by any species to grace the world . Because of this we've looked at the rest of existence as lesser than us and consequently present for our usage. A Respect for All Life This perspective of excellence has started to diminish only quite lately. The first reason for this elevated respect for nonhuman creatures comes from the exact same origin as our concern for our fellow human beings: compassion. As a species people have, for whatever reason, developed the ability to conceptualize ourselves at the place of other things we celebrate. Although this ability is strongest when dealing with other humans, it is possible to do this with humans. This is obviously followed by hard reasoning as to why nonhuman animals don't have rights. Peter Singer, a professor at bioethics, is believed by some to have beg...