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Each year in the United States, an estimated 70 million animals are maimed, blinded, scalded, force-fed chemicals, genetically manipulated, and otherwise hurt and killed. Animals have to suffer and risk their lives for the name of science, by private institutions, household product and cosmetics companies, government agencies, educational institutions, and scientific centers. Animal testing is wrong but yet it is still legal in the US. The EU, European Union, have recently banned pharmaceutical and cosmetic testing on animals. There are many reasons why pharmaceutical animal testing should be banned and illegal. There has been argument for years between society and scientists that a drug reaction that an animal undergoes is quite different from how a human would react to the same drug. It is for this criticism that many medical practices and laboratories have changed the ways the experiment. “Ninety-five percent of medical schools across the U.S. have completely replaced the use of animal laboratories in medical training with sophisticated human-patient simulators, virtual-reality systems, computer simulators, and supervised clinical experience.” (PeTA). This eliminates any complications from which animal testing would conduct. It is strongly encouraged that animal testing labs should be replaced with non-animal alternatives. Animal testing generally cost a large sum of money for the company to maintain and experiment. Animals obviously have to be fed, housed, cared for, and then tested with an experimental substance. That’s no including how much the animals cost. Another thing that factors in is that these experiments take months and sometimes even years. “Non-animal methods usually take less time to complete than the crude, archaic animal tests that they replace. In addition, they cost only a fraction of what animal experiments cost and are not affected by species differences that make applying test results to humans difficult or...
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