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Copyright 2012 Dwayne Albert Bearup


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"I HAD to use myself," Allen said plaintively, "there was no other way."

"You could have done it legally," Beth Anne remonstrated. "Why did you have to risk it when you could have done it legally?"

Allen sat on the lab stool and, pulling Beth Anne gently onto his lap, said, "Darling, there was no risk. I knew it. The technology is perfectly safe, and I've proved that, to spite the bleeding hearts—"

Beth Anne wrenched herself from his attempt at comfort and hissed icily, "I'm one of those bleeding hearts, darling, and you know why animal testing was banned."

"Yes, yes," Allen snarled testily as they began the old argument again,"it's cruel to save COUNTLESS human lives at the expense of a few vermin or the occasional monkey. Animals which either are more adept than humans at survival or else can't survive at all without human help."

"You know it's not so simple," she cut in hastily, with a chopping motion of her hand. "It's one thing to test life saving medicines on mice or pigs, but using animals to extend human life beyond the natural span is wrong."

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