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Taylor Meadows
4/19 Discussion
Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:04am
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The challenges that I think that I am going to have to face with my issue paper is trying not to take a side, because I am against animal testing but I feel like I would be okay with it if the animals were not treated so cruely and were able to have a comfortable life living outside of cages and labs, even though they are being tested on. My biggest concern is becoming biased and also I have found that there is a lot more information on being against animal testing then there is for being for animal testing. So I am a little nervous that I have found more info on being against animal testing then being pro for animal testing. Some general information that I have found out about animal testing is that between fourteen and seventy million animals are used in scientific research every year and the reason why the number goes from fourteen to seventy million is because under a United States law scientists are not required to report how many birds, reptiles, or rodents that they use. For the being against animal testing side I watched a video on the PETA website and the conditions and the way that they treated the animals was horrifying. I could not believe that the lab technicians were actually treating those animals like that. I also found out from PETA's website that animals have been used in not just scientific research but also in cosmetic laboratories, agricultural research, dog and cat food trials, weapons tests, aerospace studies, and car crash simulations. But the real area that has used more animals then any of the other areas is regulatory research were they test chemicals, pesticides, pharmasuticals and many other toxins that are being tested for their toxicity. For the side that is for animal testing I found out that there is a group called Pro-Test and that is another group linked to Pro-Test but it is called Speaking of Research. Pro-Test is group that was formed in United Kingdom but has grown and has come to the United States now. This group supports animal testing and they say that without animal research medicines as we know it would not exist today. I do not really have much info on being pro animal testing because I have mostly looked at being against animal testing. An interesting fact that I found out is that there is no law that protects birds, reptiles, or rodents and that scientists can use as many of them that they want and they do not have to report it. I do not have any questions about the assignment and I think that you could not put anymore questions in this online discussion.

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