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Animal Experimentation

This is a paper that concentrates on the negative side of animal experimentation. There are four references used.

Introduction

***** testing is becoming a major issue for many people today. The pictures of innocent animals with electrodes attached to them, as well as those showing the results of numerous chemical tests on skin and fur, haunt those who love animals.

Death ***** Injury Rate

In 2000, labs across the county reported they ***** 1,416,643 animals for experimentation.

The actual number, however, is over 20 million, since there are between 22 and 128 facilities that refuse to furn*****hed the number of animals currently involved in tests. There ***** "tens ***** millions of animals (htt:// www.all-creatures.org/wlalw/fact-anexp-01.html)" be*****g killed every year by facilities that care more about receiving grant money than ***** welfare of the animals.

***** Testing

Pharmaceutical companies have been using animals for *****s in *****ir efforts to develop new drugs for humans. The problem ***** ***** animals is they ***** different body functions ***** *****. Animals have "circulatory, alimentary and nervous systems similar to those of humans (unknown, *****02)," but just a small difference ***** molecules ***** enough ***** cause a drug to have an opposite effect in humans.

Some examples ***** different ***** reactions are: humans can take aspirin, ***** it is lethal for cats; arsenic is harmful to humans, but monkeys ***** take it w*****hout any ill effects; and while most people can take penicillin for infections, but it will kill guinea pigs (*****, 2002). The ***** in the anatomy of animals and humans ***** a signific*****nt reason not to do drug test*****g on animals.

***** in the Lab

***** hard to imagine ***** cruelty some animals ***** subjected ***** during experimentati*****.

Last year, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a rese*****rcher was videotaped "using scissors to cut ***** heads *****f conscious, unanaesthetized animals be*****e removing their brains (Heyde, 2002)." The researcher admitted doing it for convenience, though ***** violated university pro*****col. In the same lab, animals were being injected with tumor cells *****out proper authorization. The tumors were allowed "to grow so big they exceeded size limits permitted by the facility (*****, 2002)."

***** the United States, animals that are still alive are thrown in trash cans or placed in freezers by uncaring researchers.

Tests Perf*****med

Researchers perform a variety of cruel tests on animals and rati*****alize ***** ***** saying ***** are "necessary for the experiment (htt:// www.all-creatures.org/wlalw/fact-anexp-01.html)."

Animals are exposed to "addictive *****s, electric shock, food and water deprivation, caustic *****s, blinding, chemical ***** biological weapons and radiation (htt:// www.all-creatures.org/wlalw/fact-anexp-01.html)." The horrible thing is there ***** no restrictions on the tests that can be performed on the animals.

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***** today's world of tech*****logy, animals no longer need to be ***** ***** victims of medical schools and companies testing their products. Instead of dissecting ***** in labs, schools are finding computer programs ***** just as effective in teaching students *****. Cosmetic companies are starting to rely on human volunteers to test

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