August 5, 2015
It is often asked, why can't research be performed on convicts instead of animals? However, even putting aside the moral, ethical and legal arguments against testing on prisoners, there are several scientific issues as well. The medical history of prisoners cannot be standardized or controlled; there is no way to look at correlations between genes and disease; and even if non-violent prisoners were included the number of prisoners is not that large. Also, veterinary medicines and treatments would still need to eventually be tested in the target animal species, which is true for all medicines, as human medicines are also tested in human volunteers before being approved for market.