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Animal Testing Informative Speech

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Emma Peirick

on 5 March 2014

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Transcript of Animal Testing Informative Speech

Animal Experimentation
44th President of the United
States of America
$ 10 billion of taxpayer money
is spent annually on animal research
Animal testing is the use of non-human, live
animals in laboratories to test the safety and efficiency of products such as cosmetics and medications

Animal Liberation Movement - 1965
began with publication of
Animal Liberation

by Peter Singer
Economics of Animal Testing
A presentation by Emma Peirick
Animal testing is an ineffective and outdated way to determine the safety and efficiency of consumer products.
Animal Experimentation Background
Animal Experimentation Background
Silver Springs Monkeys undercover investigation
17 wild monkeys used for research in neuroplasticity
Animal Welfare Act of 1966
requires that a minimum standard of care be followed in research laboratories
only federal law that regulates the use of animals for research
***Over 90% of research animals are excluded from the Animal Welfare Act
Number of Animals
Utilized for Research by Species
***Animals excluded from the Animal Welfare Act include mice, rats, birds, and fish - the most commonly used animals in laboratory tests
Animal Testing Statistics
over 25 million animals are used for testing every year in the United States
including invertebrates, up to 100 million animals are used
Effects on the Public
the animal testing industry grosses an estimated 100 billion to
one trillion dollars per year worldwide
Key Player: Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
supports animal testing as a cheap, quick option to approve drugs
also supports development of non-animal alternatives
Key Player: Covance
supports animal experimentation to approve drugs
mission statement:
"Our mission is to help our clients bring the miracles of medicine to market sooner."
Question & Answer
Key Player: President
Barack Obama
first African-American to
be elected into presidency
“I think how we treat our animals reflects how we treat each other and it’s very important we have a president who is mindful of the cruelty perpetrated on animals.”
Key Player: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
oppose all forms
of animal experimentation
promote cruelty-free products and support development of animal testing alternatives
animals should be treated as equals to humans and be treated with proper care and respect
Animal Experimentation
Thank You for Coming!
A presentation by
Emma Peirick
Reasons for Animal Testing
quick, cheap method of approving consumer products
provides thousands of jobs within the scientific community
Reasons Against Animal Testing
Unethical and morally wrong
outdated and inaccurate -
92 out of every 100 drugs that pass in animals fail in humans (FDA)
cost of animal testing alternatives is less
The Controversy
Should animal testing in laboratories be utilized to test the safety and efficiency of products such as cosmetics and medications?
reduce number of animals used for research
maximize benefits of testing on animals by using the minimum amount of animals to obtain information
minimizes animal suffering or eliminates it completely
may involve the use of pain killers or anaesthetics
completely replace and eliminate use of animals for research
computer models, cell and tissue models, human volunteers
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