Animal Testing Essay

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Animal Testing

Over one million people have benefited from information gathered in animal testing and research. In the past, animal testing has been a touchy subject for people to talk about. Until recently, scientists did not treat animals with the utmost respect and even used such methods as vivisection, or basically operating on a live animal without any form of anesthetic, as a means of testing on animals. It is obvious why people would be against animal testing in the past, but now technology and new laws have brought us into a new era in which animal testing can be much more humane when it is used. There are currently computer programs that serve as an alternative method to animal testing. I propose that animal testing
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It is hard to justify using animals for testing, but when so many cures and useful findings, such as how to perform certain operations, can be found, why not test them? Then again, as I have stated before, animals should only be used when an alternative method is not available. Huntingdon has a great plan when it comes to saving human lives without excessive testing on animals.

There have been many laws to regulate the use of animals in scientific experiments. Over in the United Kingdom, the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act was established in 1986. The Act states that animal tests must:

[T]ake place in designated premises (which must obtain a certificate of designation), form part of an approved [program] of work (which must obtain a project [license]), are conducted by competent persons (who must obtain a personal [license])[.] [Licenses] are only granted if: the potential results are important enough to justify the use of animals (the benefit analysis), the research cannot be done using non-animal methods, the minimum number of animals will be used, dogs, cats or primates are only used when absolutely necessary, any discomfort of suffering is kept to a minimum by appropriate use of [anesthetics] of pain killers, researchers and technicians conducting procedures have the necessary training, skills and experience, research premises have the necessary facilities to look after the animals properly (laid down in a Home

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