Animal testing is a controversial issue having many supporters as well as non-supporters. People have been debating over this issue for years with no avail. Animal rights activists form groups that try to stop animal testing while scientists around the world argue that it is an important procedure that has led to many discoveries.
In January two thousand one, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency?s (EPA) high production volume chemicals testing initiative. This plan uses animal testing and PETA felt that the EPA was testing the same thing over and over again producing the same result. They were also killing thousands of laboratory animals in the process. This lawsuit was rejected because the EPA stated, ?such mandates would complicate and possibly delay the entire testing program?(Franz 11).
PETA also argues that chemical company?s test and retest issues that are unnecessary. For instance, it is a fact that arsenic in drinking water causes cancer in humans. But the EPA tested arsenic enriched water on laboratory animals for over twenty years and killed hundreds of thousands of animals only to prove what was already known.
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