Animal Experimentation And The Animal Welfare Act

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Miriam Rothschild once said, “None of my teachers, lecturers, or professors… ever suggested that one should respect the lives of animals in the laboratory or that they, and not the experiments, however fascinating and instructive, were worthy of greater consideration” (1986, p. 50). 95% of animals used in experiments are not protected by the federal Animal Welfare Act. This law excludes animals such as birds, mice, and rats that are bred primarily for research purposes. The Animal Welfare Act regulates the housing and transportation of animals, but no rule or regulation exists that restricts the actual research or experimentation of these animals. Animal experimentation has heavily contributed to the advancement of the medical field, but precautions need to be taken to ensure the safety of these animals. The majority of the population is not aware of what actually goes on during animal research and experimentation. A lot of the times animal experimentation can be painful, brutal and unnecessary. One example would be at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1984 a small group snuck into the section of the University where head trauma was being researched. It was no ordinary research, baboons were the main subjects in many of their studies and experiments. This group was part of the Animal Liberation Front, or ALF. The Animal Liberation Front “is simply the name adopted by people acting illegally in behalf of animal rights” (PETA). Many ALF members engage in laboratory raids where
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