The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


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Senior Spotlight: Ava Seay
Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

Meet the Staff
Zane Perryman
Assistant Editor

Zane is a senior in Newspaper 3 and is an assistant editor. He likes music and taking pictures and writing stories about things he enjoys.

James Crumpler
James Crumpler
Photography Editor

James Crumpler (Far right) is a senior at Athens Drive and is in his second semester writing for the Athens Oracle. He likes eating Korean barbecue with his friends, playing games, and cooking. His favorite...

Ethan Adams
Ethan Adams
Assistant Editor

Ethan Adams is a Junior at Athens Drive. He is a Assistant News Editor for the Athens Oracle. He has been with the Oracle for 3 years. He enjoys getting to interact with others as well as writing. Ethan...

In defense of animal testing

DSCF2667 Though animal testing is riddled with moral quandaries and is viewed by many with grudging ambivalence, the practice is responsible for many medical breakthroughs and is absolutely essential to scientific progress.

While many are in favor of the pursuit of knowledge, no sane and stable individual delights in the suffering of animals, hence the ambivalence. Those gifted with a sense of pragmatism, however, can accept animal testing as permissible, since its results tend to outweigh the cost substantially due to the medical treatments that result from it. These medical treatments, in many cases, either save or greatly improve the quality of human lives, since animals are similar enough to humans to make applicable the data acquired through animal testing.

For example, smallpox has been completely eradicated due to research involving animals. Animal research has also made possible the development of asthma inhalers and use of insulin to treat type 1 diabetes, as well as modern vaccines such as those against polio, tuberculosis, meningitis and, recently, the human papillomavirus (HPV). Cancer research, made possible by animal testing, has caused cancer survival rates to increase continuously, and although penicillin was discovered without using animal testing, the discovery of how it could be utilized was made only after it was tested it on mice. Addiction studies in mice lead to the discovery that there is a genetic component to addiction. Scientists hope that the continuation of these studies in mice, which they selectively breed for addiction traits, will lead to the discovery of homologous genes in humans that can render a person more or less susceptible to addiction.

Most paradoxically, studies involving animals have also been performed in order to aid animal conservation efforts, thus benefiting animals in the long run. In one well known study, for example, coyotes were coaxed into eating sheep carcasses laced with a sickening poison. The coyotes developed an aversion to sheep meat as a result. This proved that humane ways for controlling predators and agricultural pests do exist. In this particular instance, sheep were saved from the jaws of the coyotes, and the coyotes were saved from ranchers and farmers who became less determined to eradicate coyotes now that their livestock were no longer being threatened by their very presence.

In further defense of animal testing, not only does much good result from the research it obtains, but it may not cause animals as much pain as one might first assume. According to information published on a website called statisticbrain, only six percent of animals on which tests are performed experience pain -usually only in the case of studies in which the use of anesthesia would compromise data- while 61 percent experience no pain at all.

Moreover, while those who are against animal testing often argue that animal testing has been rendered unnecessary because there are methods of simulating the tests performed on animals without the use of live animals, simulation is not an effective substitute for animal testing across the board.

The Animal Welfare Act, which was first signed into law in 1966, regulates animal testing in the United States in order to attempt to ensure that it is practiced as humanely as possible; however, the law does indeed allow for animal testing to occur if it can be argued that a procedure is scientifically justified. This implies that animal testing has been deemed in the eyes of scientists and the eyes of the law alike as a warranted practice.

Opponents of animal testing should not focus on the minimal harm the practice does to animals, but rather on the far reaching benefits it provides, since the end justifies the means.

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