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‘Safety’ Testing of Products for Human Use: Irrefutable necessity or morally indefensible false sense of security?


This paper discusses the harmful and fatal use of non-human animals in so-called safety testing of products that are destined for human use (the same principles would be applicable to those destined for other animals). It argues and demonstrates that such use is not scientifically valid if the results are applied to humans. Moreover, not only does this testing result in extreme suffering and death for non-humans, dependence on this has also caused substantial harm to humans. Alternatives to such use are discussed in the context of being more defensible morally and scientifically.

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