Because the use of animals in research is a privilege, the scientific community advocates the highest quality of animal care and treatment. These animals are helping us unlock the mysteries of disease, and they deserve our respect and the best possible care. A well-treated animal will also provide more reliable scientific results. Several state and federal laws regulate the alleviation and elimination of pain as well as aspects of animal care such as caging, feeding, exercise, and psychological well-being. In addition, each institution has an animal care and use committee that oversees, inspects, and monitors every potential experiment to help ensure optimal animal care.