It is a dark stormy night when suddenly the phone rings. I casually answer the telephone. It
is my older sister informing me that our mother is in the hospital. She is going to need an emergency
brain transplant. It takes me just a moment to drop everything I am doing and rush to the hospital.
When I arrive I see my father and sister in the waiting room casually enjoying their conversation. I am
amazed they could have such high spirits at such a time. As I begin to confront them on this, they
inform me that this is merely a routine brain transplant. They reinforce that very few die from the
actual transplant. I become immediately relieved as a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders.
Animal testing is an issue in today's society that, whether anyone realizes it, does affect each
of us. Such as transplants, vaccines, and medicine. Nearly each and every one of us today have
received vaccine shots. We have all used medications. We have all heard of transplant technology.
This above example I have used is farfetched. Brain transplants are not an everyday occurrence. They
are not yet, at least. However, kidney and heart transplants are beginning to become a more and
more common every day. Who knows what is possible with the proper research. Today there are a
great deal of people who oppose animal testing in laboratory research. This is limiting our medical
capabilities . Could we be holding ourselves back from medical breakthroughs such as a cure for
cancer or AIDS? Animal testing is already controlled to a great extent. Many cats and dogs are killed
annually by shelters and pounds. Animal testing is not as cruel as it is portrayed and is an essential to
reaching medical breakthroughs.
Special controls on laboratory animals have been in place since 1876. These have been
revised in 1986. These laws are now more commonly known as the revised Animals Act of 1986.
This law allows for scientist to perform testing while also safe guarding the animals. Prior to any
testing a cost benefit analysis must be applied. In this analysis they review the potential research
benefits with the potential for animal suffering. All registered facilities are also required to establish
an Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) that reviews and approves procedures involving animals
before they take place. This organization also inspects facilities semiannually for compliance with the
AWA. At least one member of the committee must be a veterinarian. At least one member must be a
'public' member, not affiliated with the institution, who represents the general community interest in
the care and treatment of the animals. Research facilities must undergo many regulation to ensure