Argument: Animal testing is important in fighting HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS currently affects nearly 1 million Americans. There are treatments but still no cure for this disease that cripples the immune system and is fatal in all but a handful of cases.
Our understanding of the retrovirus that causes HIV/AIDS comes in part from studies of similar viruses in chickens, cats, and monkeys. Promising drugs and possible vaccines are tested first in mice and monkeys before being used in clinical trials with human volunteers."
Robert Gallo, MD, co-discoverer of the HIV virus - "With animals, we may have a cure for AIDS in 10 years. Without animals, we will never cure AIDS in our lifetime."