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The research industry has long held that the use of animals is the only "reliable" way we have of determining the safety of a cosmetic, drug, or household product. Over the years this belief has served to support scientists as they subjected animals to many tests. The American public has seen little of the massive animal suffering that has taken place in the research labs.

Today, a new debate is taking place. People from all walks of life are asking if all the suffering and death is worth it. Many research scientists have joined the ranks of those who are questioning the scientific and ethical foundation of using animals for research subjects. Scientists have developed new techniques utilizing tissue cultures, computer models, and bacteria which can be used to test the safety of substances.