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Animals have been used in medical research for centuries In a recent count it was determined that 8815 animals were being used for research at MSU 8503 of them rodents - rats mice hamsters and gerbils There were 18 dogs three cats and a variety of goats ferrets pigeons and rabbits The struggle against this tyranny is a struggle as important as any of the moral and social issues that have been fought over in recent years Animal rights are an emotional issue-second only perhaps to the bitter abortion debate For decades the value of animal research has been grossly overrated Although researchers have depended on animal test data to achieve medical advances there should be other means of research because testing on animals is cruel and inhumane and often unnecessary The American Medical Association believes that research involving animals is absolutely essential to maintaining and improving the health of the American people They point out that virtually every advance in medical science in the 20th century from antibiotics to organ transplants has been achieved either directly or indirectly through the use of animals in laboratory experiments They also emphasize that animal research holds the key for solutions to AIDS cancer heart disease aging and congenital defects Lastly they insist that the result of these experiments has been the elimination or control of many infectious diseases This has meant a longer healthier better life with much less pain and suffering For many patients it has meant life it self However there should be other means of research because the whole process of animal research remains cruel and inhumane Animal rights activists have gathered much information that has closed down laboratories that violate anti- cruelty statutes This includes a 1984 videotape stolen from the University of Pennsylvania Head Injury Clinic The research subsequently suspended reportedly involved inadequately anesthetized baboons receiving blows to the head to break their necks and cause brain damage Alex
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