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Animal Testing : Social And Moral Views

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Against Animal Testing | Chp 1

Social and moral views
Choice between beauty (social pressure) and morality and ethics (products that test or don’t test)
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Make note on Australia’s stance-have said Don 't do it but haven 't made it illegal
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Over 25 million animals are killed each year in the US for animal testing, the specific type of animal is dependant on the test being conducted though mice and rats make up about 90% and about 1% I.E 250,000 are cats, dogs and primates. Other animals commonly used are hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, sheep, horses and cows.

Tom Regan, a philosophy professor at North Carolina State University, states: "Animals have a basic moral right to respectful treatment…This inherent value is not respected when animals are reduced to being mere tools in a scientific experiment" (qtd. in Orlans 26).

"Is Your Experiment Really Necessary?" Sheila Silcock, a research consultant for the RSPCA, states: "Animals may themselves be the beneficiaries of animal experiments. But the value we place on the quality of their lives is determined by their perceived value to humans" (34).

More than six million animals are used annually in research and teaching in Australia and New Zealand. Many (but not all) of those animal are subjected to some degree of pain and/or stress during the experimental procedure or as a result of the environment in which they are kept prior to
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