Rough draft - Is Animal Testing Ethical The number of animals killed each year in the United States alone varies from 17 million to 70 million

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Is Animal Testing Ethical? The number of animals killed each year in the United States alone, varies from 17 million to 70 million animals. However, the Animal Welfare Act (ACA) states laboratories must report the number of animals used in experiments; yet mice, birds, and rats are not included in this figured. These animals are used in 80 to 90 percent of all animal testing . Therefore, it is impossible to have an accurate number of animals used in such experiments (PETA). Animal testing may not directly affect civilians each day or be an issue on our minds, yet the actions we do daily affects those for and against animal experimentation. This has been a worldwide issue and an ongoing battle for decades. Vivisection, the practice of experimenting on animals, has been around since the beginning of scientific medicine. Yet it has become an alternative to the dissection of human corpses, in result of religious leaders’ protests (Choose Cruelty Free). There are numerous reasons why people and organizations want animal testing changed. People of all nations and religions stand differently on this topic. Yet the main factor in deciding the morally correctness of animal experimentations is one’s personal belief. No matter which side a person takes on this topic, they will feel there are several things that must be done to further benefit their stance and its publicity. A group in opposition of animal testing is the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Their main claim is summed up as “Animals are not ours to eat, wear experiment on, or use for entertainment” (PETA). PETA claims animals used in
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experiments are free roaming animals, like frogs, birds, pigs and sheep, and are used because the public will view them with less compassion for being less cute PETA believes better-educated citizens is the key to improving health and saving animals. Denying claims of physicians who are in favor of animal testing, Dr. Charles
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course CO 150 taught by Professor Moran during the Spring '08 term at Colorado State.

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Rough draft - Is Animal Testing Ethical The number of animals killed each year in the United States alone varies from 17 million to 70 million

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