Bioethics: A look at animal testing in medicine and cosmetics in the UK

Date
2019
Authors
Kabene, Stefane
Baadel, Said
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Publisher
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Abstract
Using animals for cosmetics and medical tests has contributed towards a debate based on conflicting interests. Despite the efforts in justifying the value of animals in conducting analyses, this study seeks to elaborate whether or not it is rational to use animals as test subjects in medical and cosmetics fields. The value of animal life is at the core of the emotional conflicts that arise when animals become experimental subjects in medical and cosmetics fields. The aim of this study is to determine if there are ethical differences in the use of animal testing in medicine versus cosmetics. The research, through review and content analysis of the existing literature, compares and provides the outcomes of using animals in medical and cosmetics tests by examining studies conducted in the UK. The findings of this research indicated that animal testing is considered acceptable in the medical field only if there are no other alternatives, but is completely unacceptable in the cosmetics field. The study also provides recommendations in the form of alternatives that protect animals from cruelty and may benefit the different stakeholders and the society at large. © 2019 Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. All rights reserved.
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This article is licensed under Creative Commons License and full text is openly accessible in CUD Digital Repository. The version of the scholarly record of this article is published in Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine (2019), accessible online through this link https://doi.org/10.18502/jmehm.v12i15.1875
Keywords
Animal testing, Bioethics, Cosmetics testing, Medical research
Citation
Kabene, S., & Baadel, S. (2019). Bioethics: A look at animal testing in medicine and cosmetics in the UK. Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, 12. https://doi.org/10.18502/jmehm.v12i15.1875