Animal Testing Used For And Why? Essay

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What is animal testing used for and why?

Animal testing is used and required by the United States government to test the safety of drugs, chemicals, cosmetics, and various consumer products. Additionally, animals are commonly used in the practice of medical and military training. Government agencies that heavily rely on animal testing are the U.S. Military, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the National Toxicology Program (NTP). Animals are used by the U.S. Military for trauma training in order to train individuals for emergency responses (Oliver Stone). The FDA and EPA require that drugs, vaccines, and industrial chemicals, such as pesticides, be tested on animals prior to their use (U.S. Govt.). In addition the NTP requires that copious amounts of those drugs, pesticides and chemicals be given to animals to determine if those animals develop cancer (Toxicology). Lastly, the DOT requires the testing of corrosive chemicals (typically on rabits’ shaved skin) before being transported (Victory).

Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) is another organization that supports animal testing. AMP’s page on Animal Research Benefits, explains the benefits of using animal testing for researching certain diseases or ailments, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Hepatitis C, etc. (Animal). According to the National Academy of…

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