The majority of Americans agree that animal research must continue.
But legislators rarely hear from this majority, whereas they are bombarded by appeals from the small minority who wish to stop or severely curtail such research.
Scientists and doctors recognize that while animals are biologically very similar to human beings, they are not identical.
Abstract Animal testing which is also referred to as animal experimentation is the process whereby non-human living things are used in scientific labs to carry out various experiments.
These desires result from our values, from the importance we ascribe to both human and animal life.
But decisions about the use of animals should be based both on reason and values.
It is not surprising to find that treatments showing ‘promise’ in animals rarely work in humans.
Not only are time, money and animals’ lives being wasted (with a huge amount of suffering), but effective treatments are being mistakenly discarded and harmful treatments are getting through.
Many scientific, medical, and patient groups have come out strongly in favor of humanely conducted animal research.
The National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine would like to add their voices to the chorus of support for animal research.