The Importance Of The Animal Welfare Act

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The current regulations and restrictions in the U.S. are a solid foundation in creating increased moral consideration for animals, however they are still insufficient. The only federal law in the U.S. is the Animal Welfare act. It’s fundamental goal is to eliminate the pain and distress of the animals used as much as possible. Some of the guidelines laid out in this Act include the housing, feeding, cleanliness, exercise, ventilation, and medical needs of the animals. However, the AWA does not cover the protection of birds, fish, mice, or rats bred for experimentation purposes. These species make up around 95% of the animals used in research (Procon.org). This needs to be amended to include all animals. Who decided that these species are even …show more content…
Fortunately, in the United States, there are also a number of policies set forth to overlook those that wish to use animal test subjects. One of these policies being policy #12, which requires scientists to provide a written narrative explaining the methods they want to pursue and the sources they sought to help investigate the availability and accuracy of alternative means. This includes the use of an Institution Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to observe all work involving animals. All IACUCs demand at least one veterinarian and a community representative. They have the power to reject a proposal or stop any experiments that do not meet the required standards. The creation of these committees is only one step toward protecting those who can’t always protect themselves. IACUCs should also be required to consist of an animal rights activist member who can challenge the scientists. This goes along with the idea of working together, especially those with differing opinions, to help society as a whole grow. This would also theoretically stop the unnecessary and just plain mean treatment towards animal test …show more content…
Due to the many medical and scientific discoveries, and the many lives saved with the help of animal research, it doesn’t need to end all together. There should however be a stronger use of the 3Rs principle, reduction, refinement, and replacement. Although the use of animals in experimentation is not fully ethically or morally correct, the perquisite for both humans and animals is too high. The limits on animal testing could be reconsidered, this can include the species of animals used, the number of animals, and the specific procedures and treatment the animals go through. To help end and not promote the unnecessary deaths of animals as a society we need to start buying and producing cruelty free products. This includes food, clothes, and especially cosmetics. Cruelty free charities can always use more help, donations, and volunteers. We should also make it more socially acceptable to donate our own bodies to science. Animals can enjoy life, and they help us enjoy life. We share the earth with many distinct species; we are not the only ones here and surely not the only ones who deserve to live enhanced lives. Animal testing can be good, and it can be bad. Evaluating our reasons behind experimentation is the first step. Using animal research in the medical and scientific field has helped us gain a great deal

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