" Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals and the answer is: 'Because animals are like us.'
Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.'
Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.
Prof. Charles R. Mage "
This is an ethical and moral issue of the first order. 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 means they deserve to be respected and protected from harm — as we would wish for ourselves.
" Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character. "
- George Bernard Shaw
It is easy to think that animal experimentation has nothing to do with the average American — but it does. Any person who donates to a medical charity is potentially assisting to fund research involving animals. Therefore it is necessary to have a basic understanding of the issues, the impacts on animals and the alternatives, to allow an informed decision to be made as to whether it is appropriate to financially support what has become a multi-billion dollar industry.
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 America is not opposed to 'scientific progress', but we are opposed to the use of animals in the pursuit of that progress.
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