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Animal Testing Is The Only Way

New numbers released Monday by an Ohio research group show that a Lansing lab is 4th in the nation in the most painful labs for animal testing.

The lab spoke with 6news and they don't see a problem.

They are the only lab in the country to produce an Anthrax vaccine, but how they test that vaccine is being called into question.

"They used in 2011, 10,831 animals in painful experiments without the benefit of anesthesia," said Co-Founder of Stop Animal Exploitation Now Michael Budkie.

Michael Budkie, the co-founder of the animal protection group SAEN, says those numbers put Emergent BioSolutions 4th in the nation, among most painful labs in the country for animal testing.

A problem Budkie says is on the rise across the country.

"Compared to the numbers in 2010, there was actually a 20 percent increase," Budkie said.

"This is the way for now," said Executive Director Mark Alley.

Mark Alley from Emergent doesn't deny the numbers, which they are required to report to the FDA, saying they are tests they have to run.

"Part of our license in terms of our product being able to be used by our U.S. military men and women means that we have to have it tested," Alley said.

Testing that is done on guinea pigs and without anesthetic.

"If we were to use an anesthetic that would invalidate the test."

But SAEN says there has to be a better way than using animals as experiments.

"If we are going to look at this thing ethically, we need to consider the kind of pain and suffering that these animals go through," Budkie said.

And until another method for testing is found, Alley says protecting humans is the top priority.

Emergent BioSolutions says outside groups have commended the company for their treatment of animals in testing.

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