In Sy Montgomery's the soul of an Octopus, she never mentions any ethical views on animals in use as test subjects with the consciousness that she expresses the octopuses she meets have. With the admittance and scientific backing of sentient animal consciousness came questions about the validity and ethicalness of both medicinal and ecological testing and research using animal test subjects.
But I however think that these new discoveries should not have you concerned with how your pain medication made it through to your pharmacy as I think there isn't really much to change and removing animal test subjects is not worth the risk that road will inevitably cross. It helps with reducing costs and the risks of taking or receiving medication or treatment. It is also not as cruel as you might think as there are strict guidelines for what you can use a animal test subject for and how you use it, all the while the animals in question are safe from starvation and predation and are treated better then most people think.
Approximately 62% of Americans in 2015 still believed that animal testing could still be used to benefit human life even under new regulations which protect these animals from abuse or intensive irresponsible research and testing.
When referencing a good example I would mention my good friend Jennifer because I think in Jennifer's case she would say that even though she kept octopuses in captivity, her behavioral experiments on a handful of octopuses in captivity served greater good of octopusdom.
And even with my interviews with ordinary people and experts like Sy Montgomery seemed to yield fruit in support of my claims as even when they mentioned the need for definite and clear lines as to how far and how experimental we could go with animal testing, they still expressed the need for it in order for clear data and progress.
It's not fair to the animals that we treat them differently just because they're a completely different species from us. Animals should have the same amount of rights as us human beings.
It is both morally and religiously appalling to do harm to any creature to which has an extent of sentience and consciousness comparable to that of a human.
Although there are valid points for some of the opposing arguments, there are also a grand amount of contradictions behind the reasoning of why not to use animal test subjects and what to replace the practice with.
It is this practice which has greatly helped develop cures and vaccines for deadly commutable diseases, helped develop life saving surgery and revolutionized anesthesia to make surgery easier and safer for all. It has also helped in being able to study the environment and how we affect both locally and world wide.