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the rights of animals to be free from human abuse, suffering, and exploitation - especially relating to human research. Although most animals advocates argue against the use of animals in cosmetic testing, most believe that humane testing for medical and scientific research is permissible. See also animal care and use.

ANIMAL RIGHTS: "Animal rights refers to the moral and ethical obligations of humans to treat animals in a humane way, particularly when using them for research."

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