I believe it is important to present the facts, not just the spin, put on the review process by animal rights activists.Here’s some “spin” from the USDA (Click the image for a larger view.):
For a UW-Madison scientist to conduct any experiment with an animal, he or she must submit a 35-question animal care and use protocol application to one of the University's Animal Care and Use Committees (ACUCs). The protocol must describe specifically what the animals will experience, and what steps will be taken to minimize pain or distress.” Public Does Know About Experiments. Eric Sandgren, Director, UW-Madison Research Animal Resource Center. April 23, 2005. Madison.com.
You can read the entire report here.