Argumentative Essay: The Animal Welfare Act

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The Animal Welfare Act takes a huge part in the testing. The act was passed in 1996 to establish regulations in zoos, aquariums, puppy mills, animal dealers, circuses, and research facilities. In order to abide by the regulation, minimum care must be provided, included housing, handling, sanitation, nutrition, veterinary care and extreme weather conditions. Despite the name “Animal” Welfare Act, it does not cover all animals. “Exact numbers aren’t available because mice, rats, birds, and cold blooded animals- who make up more than 99 percent of animals used in experiments- are not covered by even the minimal protections of the Animal Welfare Act and therefore go uncounted.” (“Animal Testing 101”). Equally Important, animal are also very different from humans. They may be biologically similar but their brains do not work like ours. “A neurologically complex disease like schizophrenia is hard to model in an animal in the first place- you can’t ask a mouse questions, after all-- so testing if a drug reduces symptoms is even more difficult.” (“About Animal Testing”.) Obviously the negatives, AWA and differences biologically conquer the
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