At one level, it’s possible to understand why animal-rights advocates passionately oppose experiments involving animals. No one likes to see another creature suffer needlessly. Beyond the passion, however, exist facts about animal-based research that run counter to the intimidating tactics of some protesters, such as those who recently targeted the homes of researchers in Madison. Information about the true extent of animal research – and its benefits for humans and animals alike -- deserves to be heard above the bullhorns and protest signs. Our quality of life has been improved significantly by biological research that sometimes relies on the use of animals in controlled experiments. A generation or more of people has never known what it was like to be unable to swim in the summer for fear of contracting polio, to go blind or deaf because of infections, or to expect that any cancer diagnosis was a death sentence. Animal-based research has helped provide cures and treatments in those case and many
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