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We spend $6 billion on athletic shoes a year. The National Cancer Institute spent $2.4 billion in 1997 trying to find a cure for cancer.


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.

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Donít people choose careers in medical research using animals because it is an easy way to receive funding dollars and make high salaries?
No. Most researchers could make more money in other careers. People choose to go into research because they want to find answers to complicated questions. Animal research is often a vital step in finding the answers. more...