Animal Testing Essay

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Animal Testing

As history shows man has endured and overcome many diseases and illnesses. These diseases killed many people and caused many to suffer. Most of these diseases have been cured do to mans medical research. Medical research has improved people’s lives along with increased life expectancy greatly. These medical breakthroughs have helped mankind in many ways, but in order to achieve these advances in medicine many animals suffered through testing. These test done to animals have improved the lives of many humans who would have suffered themselves. The testing of laboratory animals is an acceptable form of medical research. Today laboratory animal testing has come a long way and no longer are animals treated cruelly in
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This is insures that the animals are not suffering when these tests are done. Another thing to consider when deciding about animal testing is the type of animals used in laboratory tests.

When most people think of animal testing they have a preconceived idea of monkeys being the sole type of animals tested on. Whether this comes from movies or somewhere else it is wrong. Monkeys make up less than .1 percent of all animals used for testing. The largest group of animals used for testing is rats, mice, and other rodents. These rodents are specifically bred for laboratory testing, and are easily tested for human diseases. Mice are tested for medical developments in genetics, immunology, and Aging in humans. (Animal Research) Rodents make up 82 percent of all laboratory animals used for testing. The next largest group of animals used for laboratory research is fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. These animals make up 14 percent of all animals used for testing. The fertilized eggs from birds are also used in laboratory animal tests. The other 4 percent of animals used in medical research vary from cows to rabbits. The majority of all animals used in laboratory research are specifically bred rodents that help better the lives of many through testing.

Using laboratory animal testing for medical research has greatly advanced mans

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