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h Laboratory animals The use of laboratory animals is important to three main areas biomedical research product safety testing and education Biomedical researchers use animals to extend their understanding of the workings of the body and the processes of disease and health and to develop new vaccines and treatments for various diseases The research these people do isnt only for human benefit it is also helping to develop veterinary techniques The industry uses animals to test the effectiveness and safety of many consumer products such as cosmetics household cleaning products pesticides chemicals and drugs Educators from elementary school all the way up to college use animals as parts of the teaching process including dissecting worms and frogs in science classes to medical students using animals to learn surgical techniques Scientists study animals to learn more about certain species its history its psychological and social behaviors and its skills If the animals are kept in captivity they can be caused pain that isnt natural part of its environment A number of organizations wish to replace and reduce the number of animals being used or at the very least lessen the pain Rats and mice make up 85-90 of animals used in research education and testing Rabbits guinea pigs hamsters dogs cats and non-human primates are studied as well Dogs and Cats make up about 1 of research animals The certain animal depends on what is being studied The majority of rats and mice are bred specifically for research Half of the dogs and cats that are used are bred for that purpose too Animal dealers are the primary source for the rest Animal dealers must be licensed by the USDA or the United States Department of Agriculture and have to obey the standards of care set up by the Animal Welfare Act h Alternatives to Animal Testing Alternative methods fall into three main categories also known as the three Rs Replacement Reduction
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