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Argument: Instances of mistreatment in animal testing are very rare

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Tom Still. "Animal testing: Beyond the protests, instances of mistreatment are rare". Wisconsin Technology Network. November 21, 2005 - "The USDA and National Institutes of Health regularly inspect research institutions to verify the well-being and care of animals. With very few exceptions that serve as rallying points for advocates, animals used in research do not suffer more pain or distress than animals outside the lab. In fact, lab animals often receive the best of care because of their value to researchers.

Today, animal research is predominantly research involving rodents and rabbits. At GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s London division, for example, only 5 percent of research and development involves animals – and 99 percent of those animals are mice, rats and rabbits. Protesters may flash disturbing images of monkeys screaming in pain, but primates aren’t at the core of most animal research today.

Computer modeling has reduced the amount of animal research. So has cell-based research. The use of animal embryonic stem cells in drug testing has dramatically improved the quality of such tests, and more quickly provided researchers with information about the safety and efficacy of drugs."

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