Mar 23, 1997 03:19 PM
by Dr. A.M.Bain
In message <199703230343.UAA14423@snowden.micron.net>,
>I disagree that the use of animals is medical experiments is ethical. There
>is no such being as a "laboratory animal." There are only animals being
>used in laboratories.
Very true - making such a distinction perhaps helps those who experiment
on animals justify unethical behavior.
> I do not believe animals were made for this purpose -
>and there is less and less excuse for using them as we advance in technology.
I have heard that in many cases the alleged comparison between a disease
produced in laboratory animls and the same or similar disease in humans
does not hold, and that using animals for experiments in some areas is a
complete waste of time, causing unnecessary pain to the ctreatures
concerned. Note that I said 'in many cases' not 'all cases' - I don't
have enough info. Maybe someone with experience can advise.
>I am concerned that animals "made to specification" will bring false
>readings to results of experiments - there is already ample difference in
>animal and human responses to the same chemicals.
There could also be a vested interest by drug companies in producing
'test' animals which could be engineered to support the findings the
drug company wanted to see ...
> I am also concerned that
>the pain factor of animals will be increased, as they will be seen even more
>so as "manufactured" objects. I am also concerned that people will draw a
>distinction between cloned animals and naturally conceived animals.
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