AR-News: (WA) Seattle PI - Letters re Experimentation
bob at wolfenet.com
Wed Jun 9 22:55:16 EDT 2004
Animals' lives worth more than research
It appears that Susan Paynter cannot give up on praising the value of
experimenting on animals, especially after receiving a $3,000 prize from
the Biomedical Research Association.
I am a retired senior citizen and proud to be an animal rights activist.
Paynter's column makes me even more cynical.
It is obvious that the majority of older people these days want to live
forever along with their animals. We also know that human and veterinary
animal research medicine (including fertility and cloning) is very lucrative.
Paynter's visit with Dr. Michael E. DeBakey (nearly 96 years old) to
discuss open-heart surgery success and other so-called achievements of the
medical world didn't impress me. We have all heard about the scandalous
black market of organ trafficking.
The real terrorists are not the people who speak out for animals; real
terrorists are the ones who believe that medicine and transplants must be
pursued at all costs.
Unwanted and unplaced dogs and cats are caused by greedy and irresponsible
humans who breed purebred dogs for profit or want their children to witness
the miracle of birth.
Humans must change their lifestyle and reach for the stars, but only
metaphorically. Science has definitely gone mad.
Older people need to let go of their lives gracefully when their time
comes. No heroics, please, and leave the animals alone.
Animal research can't be extrapolated to humans
It was obvious, reading Susan Paynter's column extolling the benefits of
animal experimentation, that she knows absolutely nothing about the
subject. I find that appalling. When a writer reaches as many readers as
she does, she owes it to those readers to educate herself and not merely
publicize the views of vivisectors and ignore the facts. Experimenters
themselves admit that the research they've done on animals cannot be
extrapolated to human beings, but since vivisection is a key part of the
medical/pharmaceutical industry and profits rely on the public believing in
it, the pseudo science continues.
Moral and philosophical issues aside, it is scientifically impossible to
extrapolate experiments from animals to other animals or from animals to
Animal experimentation keeps the myth alive that a miracle cure is just
around the corner for every disease. But after 100 years, disease rates are
skyrocketing. Animal experimenters want the public to believe that a drug
is the answer to their problems when, in fact, drugs do not heal; they
merely suppress symptoms and cause harmful side-effects. The true answer to
disease is prevention, cleaning up the environment and a healthy diet.
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