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a Brainstorm about animal testing and write down 5 or more words or phrases related to it.
People are talking a lot about animal testing in the UK currently.
What is animal testing and why are people talking about it?
Read the text. Find (and mark) the following words in the text:
policy – outrageous – lifted the ban – committed – scientific research – legal – benefits – a rodent – species – suitable – campaigners – inhumane – essential – (to) harm
Match the above words and expressions with their correct definitions.
a allowed by the law
b careful study that is done by scientists to find new knowledge about something
c doing everything to make sure something will definitely happen
d extremely important and necessary
e a group of animals or plants that are similar
f to hurt or injure an animal or person
g not kind or gentle to people or animals
h an officially accepted set of rules about what should be done
i people who carry out activities because they want social or political things to change
j positive and helpful results
k right or good for a specific purpose
l a small animal (such as a mouse or rat) that has sharp front teeth
m stopped an official rule saying that people are not allowed to do something
n unacceptable and shocking
a Why is animal testing in the news in the UK?
1 The EU chemical rules are no longer binding for the UK.
2 European rules for animal testing have changed.
3 The UK government has changed the policy on animal testing.
4 UK politicians want to offer better protection for animals.
b Animal testing: true or false?
1 Living animals are used for animal testing.
2 Testing on living animals is not allowed in the UK.
3 In the UK, new medicines must be tested on three different types of animals.
4 Not only medicines are tested on animals.
5 Cats, dogs and horses are never used for animal testing.
c Which of the following arguments are for and which are against animal testing?
1 Animal testing has helped to develop life saving cures.
2 Animal testing is cruel.
3 Animal testing is essential for the safety of humans.
4 Animal testing is effective because animals and humans are biologically so similar.
5 Animal testing is not effective because animals are so different to humans.
6 Animal testing is not necessary.
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