Should Animal Testing Be Allowed?

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Should Animal Testing Be Allowed? Animal testing, also known as animal experimentation, is the use of animals in research and development projects, usually for the purposes of determining the safety of substances such as food, cosmetics, and drugs. Research animals undergo procedures that can cause physical and psychological distress. Mostly, the animals are euthanized, or killed, after the experiments. However, many organizations such as PETA and the Animal Justice Project have brought up, and are fighting against the dangerous outcomes of animals as they undergo testing. As a result, the topic of animal testing has become a divided and controversial topic among individuals, questioning whether it is ethical and unnecessary or humane and necessary to the science development. One of the main reasons as to why animal experimentation should be discontinued is that it has been proven to not produce reliable human outcomes. Humans and animals share differences in their anatomy, physiology, and metabolism which affects the data collected from animal testing when applied to human conditions (Engdahl 2). According to Mike Leavitt, Health and Human Services Secretary, "nine out of ten experimental drugs fail in clinical studies because we cannot accurately predict how they will behave in people based on laboratory and animal studies" (Engdahl 3). For example, Acetaminophen is toxic to cats, but is a perfectly healthy, when used correctly, pain reliever to humans. Likewise,
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