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Should animal testing be banned?
Animal testing is an effective method of testing products.
Animals used for testing such as
have similar physiology to humans, making them a good indicator for how products may affect humans.
Testing on animals is cheaper than testing on humans.
Mice and rats reproduce rapidly. This enables scientists to
(p.18) mice and rats that are useful for animal experiments.
that non-human animals can handle greater stress than humans, without incurring (as many) adverse health effects.
We can't begin to safely establish the effectiveness of new drugs without testing them first on animals.
Animal trials can be done on a larger sample size than human trials.
There are preferable
to animal testing that are more accurate and more humane.
Animals are often extremely
during experimentation, substantially distorting results.
Many animal tests are flawed and inaccurate because they are not as rigorous as human trials. The results of flawed research are invalid.
It would be quickest to test on humans from the outset, but far too few would volunteer.
Differences between animals and humans mean positive results for animal subjects do not correspond with positive results for humans.