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"Every day, some new scientific discovery helps us better understand how and why we humans, as well as other animals, behave as we do. The knowledge that we obtain from
behavioral research informs diverse areas of study, from the treatment of human behavioral disorders and drug addiction to stress management and public health policy; from conservation
biology and pest control to gerontology and neonatal care. Laboratory animals play an essential role in this research.
Indeed, without animal research, much of the work in these areas would come to a complete standstill.
Today, in classrooms across the country, many elementary and secondary school students participate in demonstrations and research projects with live laboratory animals. The primary purpose of these activities is educational. That is, they are intended to teach students the principles of scientific research, to enable students to evaluate prior claims or assumptions about behavior, and to generate new knowledge. In an age in which scientific literacy is an increasingly critical component in every childs education, these goals can be realized by the creative
use of live animal projects. Conducting research with laboratory
animals is also a source of enormous intellectual pleasure and
excitement. A students interest in the life sciences is frequently
initiated or enhanced by experiences working with live animals
within an instructional setting. Early experiences in laboratory animal projects can also provide an environment that encourages original thought, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills."