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Animal Testing: Reading Practice 4 (discussion)

Animal testing is a deeply divided subject, with a great deal of passion, emotion, and ideas on both sides regarding the ethic of the practice. Some people support animal testing and some others oppose it.

The scientific community is strongly in favor of animal testing. The medical breakthroughs that have occurred as a result of animal testing are considered reasonable enough to continue the practice, with the aim of reducing human suffering and saving human lives. Animal testing helps researchers invent drugs and treatments to improve health and medicine. With animal testing, many medical treatments, including cancer and HIV drugs, insulin, antibiotics, and vaccines, have been made possible. Animal testing also helps ensure the safety of drugs and many other substances humans use or are exposed to regularly. Scientists typically use animals for testing purpose because they are considered similar to humans.

The con on the issue of animal testing is that a large number of animals are experimented on and killed after their use. Others are injured and will still live in captivity. Many of these animals received tests for substances that will never actually be used for public consumption and use. Animal testing generally costs an enormous amount of money as the animals must be fed, housed, cared for and treated with drugs or experimental substances. The price of the animals must also be factored into equation.

As a result of the controversy, regulations and laws should be enforced. At the very least, animal suffering should be minimized and that animals should be respected during their care.

1. Animal testing is a divided subject. What does this mean?
A. Animal testing is divided into two categories.
B. Some agree to animal testing, some others don’t.
C. This subject has divided scientists
D. Most scientists do not agree to animal testing
E. Animal testing makes people hate each other

2. Who supports animal testing?
A. activists
B. experts
C. the public
D. scientists
E. students

3. Why do they support animal testing?
A. It helps improve the quality of life
B. It saves people from cancer
C. It helps patients with HIV
D. It allows scientists to do experiment
E. It makes life harder than before

4. The word ensure means … .
A. invent
B. invite
C. create
D. convince
E. protect

5. The main idea of paragraph 3 is … .
A. the practice of animal testing is intolerable
B. animals need to be fed, housed, and cared for
C. drugs and experimental substances are useless
D. animal testing costs lots of money
E. animal testing causes animals to live in captivity

6. From the text above, we can conclude that … .
A. medical experiments should be limited
B. pet lovers are in favor of animal testing
C. animal testing is against the laws
D. vaccines used today have been tested on animals
E. patients never get benefit from the practices

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