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Animals Used for Research & Testing

It is estimated that up to 70 million animals are killed each year in U.S. research labs. These animals are subjected to painful medical experiments, drug testing, psychological experiments and cosmetics & household products testing. Animals in research labs are seldom given any anesthetic or pain relief. Many just suffer to death. Rats, mice and birds make up the largest numbers of animals used in experiments and these animals are not even recognized under the Animal Welfare Act. Animals are also used in classroom dissection. Frogs, mice, cats and dogs are killed for the purpose of dissection in biology classes. Many of the animals used for research are unwanted pets or strays that end up at the local animal shelters or city pounds (which are usually filled to capacity and have extremely high euthanasia rates), or they are raised on breeding farms, also know as pet mills.

Visit our Resources page for links for more information on the horrors of vivisection, animal testing, and animal research. We also have resources for cruelty-free shopping and ways to support companies and organizations that do not test on animals. In addition, many cruelty-free products are also vegetarian or "certified vegan".








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