Animal Testing is Wrong

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Animal testing is an unnecessary and cruel act. There are more reasonable actions we could take in the science field when it comes to experimentation. Simulations and non-animal based lab experiments such as in-vitro research, advanced technology, and epidemiology can be used instead of live animal subjects. The U.S. Congress passed the Animal Welfare Act in 1966 to guarantee the well-being of animals used in laboratory research, excluding birds and mice. The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accountable for enforcing requirements of the AWA, and the National Institutes of Health reviews and approves biomedical research procedures with respect to the use of these animals (Staff). The US Department of Agriculture reported in 2010 that 97,123 animals suffered pain during experiments. These animals were given no anesthesia for relief, including 1,395 primates, 5,996 rabbits, 33,652 guinea pigs, and 48,015 hamsters (pros/cons). The belief that experiments on animals are necessary for medicine and science to progress is not the case. This “certainty” is being challenged by a growing number of physicians and scientists who are developing many research methods that do not harm or kill animals. More and more physicians and scientists are also seeing the negative consequences of using one species to provide information about another species. Quite frequently the results of animal experiments are misleading or even harmful to humans. One alternative is in-vitro research. This is a high-speed robot computerization of cell-based screening systems and the process has sparked quiet an upheaval in biology. Rather than hoping that an animal will respond like a human, in vitro research is conducted in a p... ... middle of paper ... ...xpert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology." The Role of in Vitro Methods as Alternatives to Animals in Toxicity Testing, , Informa Healthcare. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2014. Festing, Simon, and Ray Greek. "Animal Research: Necessary, Evil...or Both?" Ecologist Nov. 2003: 28-31. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. . "Humane Research." The Truth About Vivisection. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2014. “PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals." PETA. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. "Pros/cons." ProCon.org Headlines. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2014. "Together We Make A Big Difference. Take A Little Time To Help Animals!" Together We Make A Big Difference.Take A Little Time To Help Animals! N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2014. "Why It’s Wrong to Test on Animals." About.com Animal Rights. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2014.

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