“The main issue with animal testing is, that research professionals are not treating animals in their care as conscious beings. Imagine the situation, where such professional is treating lab animal (say a chimp) as if she does not feel anything, as if she does not perceive anything, as if social animal should be ok living in tiny little cage alone, with no physical contact with other conspecifics at all. He calls them by numbers. Then, this very same professional goes home, pets his dog, calls him by his name, gives a nice treat and is very proud saying that his little 'puppy' is capable of showing happiness, sadness etc., the very same feelings lab animals supposedly do not have. We give so much affection towards our pets, rescue dogs etc. but we are forgetting whom we should REALLY thank. I think, we should show more gratitude towards those animals whose life were sacrificed in order to help the other species, species that is about to wipe out everything from the planet earth. We should treat non-human animals as equals.”
jamie7 on Jun 7, 2013 at 12:08:53
“"...this very same professional goes home, pets his dog, calls him by his name, gives a nice treat and is very proud saying that his little 'puppy' is capable of showing happiness, sadness etc."
The benefit of the doubt is too generous a gift in this instance. To those whose livelihoods depend upon the continuation of such practices, even a smidgen of empathy is a dangerous thing.”