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Can animals feel pain during animal testing?

Last Updated: 9th June, 2020

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How Much Pain Do Animals Experience inAnimal Research? Most animals experience only minimalpain or brief discomfort when they are used inresearch. Even in these cases, however, the pain is usuallyneither severe nor long-lasting. A small fraction of animalsdo experience acute or prolonged pain duringexperiments.

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In this manner, do animals suffer during animal testing?

Many different species are used around the world, butthe most common include mice, fish, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs,hamsters, farm animals, birds, cats, dogs, mini-pigs, andnon-human primates (monkeys, and in some countries,chimpanzees).

Secondly, how many animals die due to animal testing? Each year, more than 100 millionanimals—including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats,rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds—arekilled in U.S. laboratories for biology lessons, medicaltraining, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical,drug, food, and cosmetics testing.

Then, what happens to animals during animal testing?

U.S. law allows animals to be burned, shocked,poisoned, isolated, starved, drowned, addicted to drugs, andbrain-damaged. No animals are safe fromexperimentation—primates, dogs, rats, mice, rabbits,pigs, fish, and cats are just a few of the animals who areroutinely used in these tests. You can help stopthis.

Why is animal testing inhumane?

The harm that is committed against animals shouldnot be minimized because they are not considered to be "human." Inconclusion, animal testing should be eliminated because itviolates animals' rights, it causes pain and suffering tothe experimental animals, and other means of testingproduct toxicity are available.

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