People are extremely uneducated when it comes to animal testing. Animal "testing" today, is NOT the animal testing from even 20 years ago.
Something people don't seem to grasp is that animal testing benefits ANIMALS, as well as humans.
Here in the US we have laws that govern animal testing, to ensure a live animal is not tortured in any way.
Most people don't know that rats (my personal favorite pet), have one of the most similar bodily systems to that of humans, thus why they are so often used for testing. Most testing these days is behavioral testing, where animals daily behavior is monitored and studied. I can also personally attest to the fact that lab animals today, are very, very well treated. Our rats were treated like little kings and queens. They ate better than many humans do (nutritional testing consisting of a human-based diet, created for the nutritional needs of rats).
For those animal where drugs are tested, they are not treated poorly or live in horrible conditions. Being an animal advocate and animals being my life, I can say that animals really are the best, they are my world and I am devoted to them. But this generation of treating animals better than people, is odd and inappropriate. Like it or not, people come first. And initial rounds of testing of drugs on animals, is something that's necessary for our advancement of medicine, leading to cures of diseases, and drugs to help those with illness and disease, live longer. We wouldn't be where we are, and have the lifespan that we do, without animal testing, period. And furthermore, as I mentioned before, medical testing of drugs and behavior directly help the health and happiness of our pets, helping them to live longer with us on earth, something everyone wants for their pets...as long a life as possible.
I'm utterly shocked that people (mostly highly uneducated on animal testing), get so worked up and over-the-top angry about animal testing, yet the aborting (murder) of unborn babies is not only allowed, but for many, lauded, and fought for in this country. HUH?! What kind of a**-backwards thinking is that?
Bottom line, people come first. And ultimately, our animal testing of today, is nothing like that of what it was in the 70's, 80's, or even 90's. It's very, very different, and people just don't seem to be educated on what animal testing today really consists of, and how well the animals are treated.
I am all for humane animal testing. 100%