Animal Testing Should Be Stopped

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Stopping the Use Of Animals In Research Approximately twenty-six million animals are used every year in the United States for scientific and consumer research. These animals are used to test products that many people use everyday. The animals are used to test toxicity, consumer products, medical devices, and new drugs. The Federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulates animal testing in the United States. The AWA defines an “animal” as any live or dead dog, cat, monkey, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit, and other warm-blooded animals. The AWA does not protect 95% of these animals. The Act excludes animals such as, birds, rats, mice, reptiles, and most fish. While the AWA regulates the housing and transportation of animals used for research, it does not regulate the experiments themselves. Even though the AWA regulates the housing, the facilities are most often horrific. A new and upcoming alternative methods are being put in to place so fewer animals can be used in experimentations. Animal testing should be stopped because new alternative methods are being developed, the testing facilities are unsuitable, it is costly, not time efficient, and the researchers are not following the laws set in place by the United States government (Robinson, 1). In 1959, Russell and Burch published a book called The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique. This book introduced the 3R’s, which stand for refine, reduce, and replace. The 3R’s were put in place to ensure fewer animals were used in
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