Experimenting on sentient animals: ‘They express themselves’ | Human Animal


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Experimenting on sentient animals: ‘They express themselves’ | Human Animal



No animal industry attracts more criticism than research, where emotive images of lab rats, vivisection and cosmetic testing rub up against medical breakthroughs, genetic research and treatment for disease. The Guardian’s Richard Sprenger visits three research labs to find out how the use of animals for research continues to evolve, and why the current conversation about sentience provides a bedrock for animal welfare 

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  1. It's painful to listen to that lady from Plymouth to be honest. Killing the shrimp to feed her pets is okay because she ranks one higher than the other.. can't stop her work even if the laws change because its too important. Can she not see the irony and problem here? Everyone that does what they do have their own belief that it's doing some good and is essential for the most part.

  2. I'm vegan and have no issue with animal testing if it's for medical treatments to cure health issues. I wouldn't volunteer for LD50 tests myself, so it's either animal experiments or slower/little advance in medicine. Anyone against animal experiments better be vegan first, and better sign up for toxicity studies themselves.

  3. There is no relevant difference(s) between Humans and the rest of the animal kingdom that we use as justification for denying them life, that most of us would consider moral if the same standards were applied to Humans (that is to say they are double standards).

    The most common example being we often use the intelligence gap (in one way or another such as calling it by different words like self awareness) between animals & Humans as justification for us bringing them into the world to suffer for our pleasure, yet they would never consider this justification valid for killing a Human of equal intelligence to the animal (whose intelligence, or rather lack there of was given as justification for killing them).

    This argument (known as NTT / name the trait) applies just as well to any of the justifications given (which are all variants of "killing animals is justified because of": intelligence tho, nature tho, species tho, might makes right tho, god tho, somebody else will tho).