Without animal research, surgery of any type would be rare—and extremely painful—because there would be no anesthesia.
From mice to dogs, pigs to electric eels, a variety of animal species contribute each year to medical breakthroughs that save millions of human lives each year. Through research on these animals, scientists have discovered cures and preventions for a number of human and animal ailments.
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What happens to animals once an experiment is completed?
The majority of research animals must be euthanized so researchers can study their tissues and answer important questions about disease. Animals involved in experiments that do not require tissue for study may take part in additional experiments. However, except in rare circumstances, federal regulations do not allow an animal to be used in more than one major surgical procedure.