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Research benefits animals too! Diseases such as rabies, distemper and feline leukemia are now preventable—thanks to vaccines discovered through research.

Benefits of Research

Helping People:
Did you know that you, your friends, and your family have all benefited from animal research? Without animal research, millions of people would die each year from a variety of illnesses. Thanks to research using animals, diseases such as polio have been virtually wiped out. Other illnesses, such as diabetes and arthritis, are controlled through animal research.
Helping Animals:
Animals benefit from research, too! Treatments and cures for conditions that affect people help those animals who are also susceptible to those conditions. Researchers also seek to conquer diseases that only affect animals, both to improve the well-being of their research animals and to help pets and farm animals live longer, healthier lives.
Discoveries:
Over the years, scientists have solved medical problems, cured diseases, and developed vaccines—all by using animals in biomedical research. This section lists medical breakthroughs from the early 1900s to the present, including information about current research.

 




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Are researchers using more and more animals every year?
The number of animals used in research has actually declined in the past 20 years. As technology advances, researchers are able to rely on computer models and other methods instead of animal testing. Some estimates show a reduction in animal use as high as 50 percent. Since 1967, the number of cats used in research has dropped 66 percent.
 
 

 

 

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