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Jerry Polder: Good alternatives to animal testing available

Jerry Polder: Good alternatives to animal testing available

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In response to a recent guest column by director of UW-Madison's Research Animal Resources Center Eric Sandgren titled "Cat research, after all the drama," we, like actor James Cromwell, want to know the whole truth about what goes on. Where do the cats come from and what happens to them after being experimented on?

Whether this testing violates provisions of the Animal Welfare Act or not, it is still likely unnecessary, as animal tests are rarely relevant to humans and do not reliably predict outcomes in humans.

If these studies on cats, which seek to show how the brain receives and makes sense of sound, benefit humans, doesn't it make sense to do these studies on humans?

It's about time UW-Madison emerged from the past and joined modern times to follow the lead of institutions such as Johns Hopkins, with its Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing devoted entirely to developing and promoting alternatives to this testing.

The center has worked with scientists since 1981 to find new methods to replace the use of laboratory animals in experiments.

— Jerry Polder, Madison


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