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Why are animals used as subject of experiments?

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2011-05-03 21:55:09

It depends on what kind of experiments you're talking about.

Animal behavior experiments are generally done in order to

understand why they behave the way they do, and by extension to

help us understand why humans behave the way they do.

Drug trials are done on animals first in order to see if the

treatment is a) effective and b) safe. Each species has its own

metabolic quirks, so a treatment that is safe and effective in

animals MAY not be so in humans, but it's a way to identify

treatments that are at least POTENTIALLY safe and effective for

humans.

Finally, some testing is done for teaching/training purposes. A

school may have students experiment on, say, rats even though the

expected results are known, in order to train the students how to

perform experiments in which the results are NOT known.

Plus rats, mice, dogs,primates and cats all get used for

expiriments. You may think-ew mice, rats, who cares about them? BUT

THEY HAVE A LIFE TO YOU KNOW AND THEY WANT TO LIVE IT!


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