Original 2001 FAQ
Original 2001 FAQ

Case Study: Polio

Animal research was crucial to identifying what caused polio and finding a vaccine.

Why do scientists use animals in research?

Some diseases and health problems involve processes that can only be studied in a living organism.

Do animals have rights?

Animals have the right to be treated humanely by everyone.

Do scientists care about the animals’ comfort?

Scientists recognize that using animals in research is a privilege that carries with it the responsibility to treat those animals humanely.

What animals are used in research?

The overwhelming majority of animals used in research are rats and mice.

Where do scientists get their animals?

Most scientists use animals that are specially bred for research.

Are there alternatives to the use of animals?

Scientists use non-animal methods such as cell and tissue cultures and computer modeling whenever possible.

Why are cosmetics and other products tested on animals?

Testing these products on animals is necessary to ensure our safety.

How are research animals protected?

The federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is the key law governing research with animals.

Animal Research Questions and Answers PDF

You can still download the PDF version of our brochure "Questions People Ask about Animals in Research."