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Animal experimentation and pain: how to deal?

so im almost done with my first degree in neurosciences and im realizing that no matter what i do i handle animal experimentation really poorly. i just can’t stand seeing anything in pain (hell i emphathize with a fucking live cricket i had to amputate for an experiment). I understand how valuable the research for science is, I understand the animals are being treated and killed as humanely as possible, I want to get over it and do science but emotionally i can’t. It’s not that I think it’s gross or the experiments are hard: I think I would be more comfortable if human cadavers were used for experimentation. I just can’t get over the obvious suffering I put animal models through for work. However I absolutely love molecular science and i still find my field (neuro and microbio) fascinating, and I don’t want to give it up. In short do any of you have tips on getting over animal experimentation or if there is a field in the bio/molecular/neuro realm that skips on animal experiments/focuses on chemically(?) engineered models or humans directly?

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