Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals and the answer is: 'because animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'because the animals are not like us.'
This is an ethical and moral issue of the first order. If animals are so like us that we can substitute them for testing instead of using humans, then surely those animals have the very attributes (ability to suffer physically and psychologically, conscious awareness) that mean they deserve respect and protection from harm.
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