Most people believe that experiments on animals are necessary, but they are not. Non-human experimentation continually falls short of providing accuracy, predictability and applicability - criteria that defines real science. There are many rewarding human-based methods that provide accurate and usable information about our diseases and their cures.
In the name of science, these sentient beings are mutilated, burned, poisoned, gassed, electrocuted, all within the law. Many different species of animals are used for cosmetic, pharmaceutical, chemical, psychological, radiation, military, space and weapons research. The vast selection of animals include dogs, cats, monkeys, mice, rats and even birds. However monkeys, chimpanzees and apes are favoured for having the behaviour most closely resembling humans, therefore a large majority of my focus for this article will be on primates.