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Remillard 1 Kasey Remillard English 3 Mrs. Turner 20 November 2007 As many as 115 million animals are experimented on and killed in the United States each year. You may be wondering who is doing all this, and the answer is us, the tax payers. We, the tax payers, pay for all the animal testing to occur (Stop 1). We are the ones putting animals through the pain. It is not only pain to the animals, but also to us humans. Some tests that have been tested on animals have caused serious and unexpected side effects on humans (People 1). Considering the multiply negative effects psychology testing has on animals and humans, it should be illegal. 115 million animals, is an estimated number, because some animals are not under the Animal Welfare Act, so therefore those animals are not reported, or counted upon (Issue 56). Some of these animals not under the act are mice and rats (Stop 1), which are some of the most common tested. Rats and mice are roughly 90% of the research, they are not considered “animals” under the Welfare Act, so
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Remillard 2 therefore are not accounted for (Issue 56). It is not fair that these animals be tested and harmed. Out of those 115 million animals, those that do not die are injured in some way. Out of all these animals, there are many occasions where monkeys have been mistreated. “In 1980, at the Institute for Behavioral Research, they were testing monkeys. These monkeys were put in metal cages 17 ¾ inches wide. Those cages had not been cleaned. The monkeys had injuries from other monkeys, attacking each other through the cages. Some even had their fingers bit off (Pringle 56).” So not only did the monkeys get trauma from the experiment procedures, but they suffered from the practices of being alone (Issue 57). Is it right to harm animals, just to see if a product may be non-harmful to us humans? “In one attempt to learn something about human depression, researchers kept young monkeys for periods up to forty-five days in a stainless steel well of despair. They could not see out and had no toys or other objects to manipulate (Pringle 49). These monkeys where not only traumatized from the experiment, but also traumatized from not having a parent to show them life outside the walls. If any of these monkeys did survive and were let back out into the wild, they were not able to provide and protect
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Remillard 3 themselves, because they were not able to learn from their parents. They were taken at a young age and when let out in the wild; they were not able to survive and ended up dying. Animal testing ruins animal’s lives, some don’t even get to chance to live at all. In one type of testing, it is a goal that the substance will cause 50% of the animals tested to die. This type of testing is called Lethal Dose 50, it is the standard test for toxicity; how poisonous a substance is. Even the halves that do survive become sick and are left to die on their own, because killing them might distort the results (Pringle 51). The scientist that
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