After enduring a life of pain, loneliness, and terror, almost all of them will be killed. If we are concerned about the exploitation of human workers in countries with low standards of worker protection, we should also be concerned about the treatment of even more defenceless non-human animals.
It would also be obvious to a normal 12 year old child By continuing this exercise, PETA is putting the lives of scientists at risk. Mice represented the largest increase in research with their numbers going from 1.
As regulations improve in Europe, North America, Australia and other countries, it seems that unscrupulous entrepreneurs are engaged in a race to the bottom. To those people at PETA, whom I consider to be members of the progressive family, I would like to say, this is a misleading and dangerous campaign.
This view is somewhat confused: Why do so many people believe that it is acceptable, and even essential? If a researcher is found to violate these regulations, I believe that individual should be stripped of their right to use animals for research and they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Recently, for example, people have expressed bafflement that scientists have spent time and money on seemingly trifling projects—such as working out the best way to swat a fly and discovering why knots form —and on telling us things that we already know: The proposals have three aims: Based on the fact that I agree that animals deserve certain rights, you might wonder how I can justify my support for animal research.
In fact, a number of countries have implemented bans on the testing of certain types of consumer goods on animals, such as the cosmetics-testing bans in the European Union, India, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, and elsewhere. Any benefits gained by the use of animals in teaching are often outweighed by its tendency to convey the message to students that animals are merely tools available to satisfy human research and curiosity.
If animals are so like us that we can substitute them for testing instead of using humans, then surely those animals have the very attributes ability to suffer physically and psychologically, conscious awareness that mean they deserve to be respected and protected from harm — as we would wish for ourselves.
The five people in the scenario represent the American population. Where no non-animal alternatives exist, knowledge and skills should be obtained by study of, and practical work on abattoir materials, models, or through assistance with actual clinical cases.
Any person who donates to a medical charity is potentially assisting to fund research involving animals. In the media, much effort seems to be devoted to discrediting concerns about animal suffering and reassuring people that animals used in science are well cared forand relatively little effort is spent engaging with the ethical issues.
This is no different than the message used by anti-abortionists to rationalize the murder of medical practitioners.
I rationalize animal research by considering a device that Chris Mooney often uses to explain human rationalization. Not all scientists are convinced that these tests are valid and useful.
Some of our efforts include the following: There are sufficient alternative teaching aids available to meet the same or more useful educational objectives as those currently being met with the use of animals. The most fundamental objection to the notion that animals have rights is that only human beings have the requisite moral nature for ascribing to them basic rights.
Gluck; Ethics and Behavior, Vol. The use of alternatives is crucial to the elimination of the use of animals in research and teaching. The public perception that animal-based research primarily takes place in the field of medicine is false. PETA has long campaigned for a reduction in animals used experiments and there has been a shift way from using them for such things as chemical toxicity testing and medical education.
These include cell and tissue cultures, analytical technology, molecular research, post mortem studies, computer modeling, epidemiology population studiesethical clinical research with volunteer patients and healthy subjects, and the use of microbes such as bacteria.Animal protection societies have different views and approaches to animal experimentation issues ranging from abolitionist (believing that animal experiments are ethically wrong, as well as misleading) to welfarist (trying to improve the conditions and Animal Welfare Issues.
Independently of the problems of reactionary religious belief, the trend to establish animal testing facilities in countries with weak or no regulations is an extremely worrying one.
Scientific Problems There is much scientific evidence documenting the failure of animal-based toxicity tests to accurately predict human reactions to chemicals.
Such errors are not surprising, given the many differences that exist between species in terms of their anatomy. This, paired with the ethical case against animal use, is why the biomedical community would be best served by the development of non-animal models that overcome the limitations of an increasingly archaic system of animal experimentation.
Animal experimentation and the invasive use of animals for teaching, is inherently wrong. The use of animals in research and teaching is more about tradition and history than it is about science.
Animals Australia is not opposed to 'scientific progress', but we are. Most people use the phrases animal research and animal experimentation interchangeably.
Most people do not use the phrases human research and human experimentation interchangeably. The reason we differentiate research from experimentation on humans is self-evident—research implies consent while experimentation does not.Download