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Should animal testing be banned?
Across the world, there is
in place to protect the welfare of animals being used for testing.
bans experiments on great apes, only allows experiments on more complex animals if strictly necessary, and has stringent standards for the welfare of the animals undergoing testing.
If animals are not properly cared for, they will not be
. Thus, it is in a scientists best interests to ensure that they adhere to animal welfare legislation when conducting experiments.
No degree of legislation can alter the inherent risk of a harmful product killing or severely injuring an animal.
Animal Welfare Act
is the only U.S. federal law that covers animals in research and the most common laboratory animals—rats and mice bred for research, who make up 85–90 percent of all animals used—are
under the Animal Welfare Act.
(p.3) that covers animal experimentation does not do enough to ensure that the welfare of animals is protected.