Animal Rights Success Story

Animal Rights Success Story

by Michael

The UK newspapers tend to brand people who do not like animal testing as animal rights extremists who attack people in the animal testing business. This is wrong and shows an arrogance that is distasteful.

You can be both you know – a person who hates the idea of animal testing and who at the same time does not subscribe to acts of violence against the people who do the testing (although I very nearly do). In fact I don’t believe that all animal rights extremists perpetrate acts of violence against people in the animal testing business. I don’t even think that they are animal rights “extremists”. They are just people who fervently believe that if humans want to test medical products for the benefit of their health, they should do the testing on other humans.

You might do better calling these people, “animal rights supporters” (ARS) or something like that. I am an ARS and proud of it. In a derogatory way, the Times also refers to them as animal rights activists. I think that you have to be active if you are to support animal rights. And animal rights obviously need supporting, as do human rights.

The Times’s editor makes an inaccurate comment on page 2 of the March 14th 2012 edition. He says that animal rights extremists are “in reality hostile to the cause is animal welfare”.  What?! And he says that they are uninterested in the reasons for animal experiments. That must wrong. We are interested and the reasons for animal experimentation cannot be supported even though they assist in furthering people’s health. This is because we have no moral right to put an animal through pain, suffering and death for our benefit.

To say that the existing law protects animals in laboratories is also wrong. The experiments are inherently harmful and, no manner what the legislation, it cannot protect animals from discomfort, fear and pain under that premise.

I am pleased to report that ARS have recently enjoyed a major success. In using Facebook (an instance when Facebook can be useful) and letters, ARS have managed to convince Britain’s ferry operators, operating between the continent and England, to cease the importation of genetically modified mice and other animals including cats and dogs into England. In addition airlines have stopped importing animals for testing too. Apparently, only foreign airlines now do the importing.

This is having an effect on the research into certain diseases. I support these people and am pleased with their success. However, the impact on testing is not major as over 3.7 million animals are bred and tested upon in the UK – astonishing numbers, I think.

Many people will disagree with my argument. To those people I would suggest that the best middle ground is neither to test on animals nor to cease testing altogether but to test on the human animal as it is for his and her benefit. Unfortunately that is far too extreme a suggestion because humankind is far too arrogant.

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Animal Rights Success Story

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Mar 16, 2012 Its wrong NEW
by: Edward

Well I think one law for some animals and not for others is all wrong man.
They should all be respected and not abused and I think the best people are animal rights people apart from PETA who get us a bad name.

Mar 16, 2012 Thanks NEW
by: Michael

Thanks for the comments. Ruth makes a good point that I had overlooked.

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 provides for exceptions to the act in relation to animal experimentation as I recall.

It seems mad to me but a lot of people support animal experiments because most people think we are humans and they are animals and we can do as we please with animals because we are more important and intelligent than animals. They see humans as special.

Are we more important and are we better? I don’t think so. You could argue that the planet would be a better place with no humans or less humans. That tells you that humans are not so useful or important.

Mar 14, 2012 Animal Rights success story. NEW
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

This topic was big news on “B.B.C Telivision news” yesterday and saw the programme in Mumbai.Only 2 airlines are flying animals for experimentation into England while Ferry’s have stopped laboratory animal transport.A reputed gentleman on B.B.C telivision said that this blockage of laboratory animals into Britain was hampering scientific study on human medicine and blamed “Animal Rights Activists” for the problem.He insisted that the laboratory animals were well cared and not harmed brutally during experimentation.When asked why the same was not tried on humans he replied that its impossible to try a new medicinal product on humans without first experimenting it on a laboratory animal.Ultimately, this means that majority of laboratory animals are doomed to death for new biological medicinal research for us humans, a few surviving if the medicines are successful for animals and hence humans.

Mar 14, 2012 Brilliant NEW
by: Ruth

A brilliant article Michael and I totally agree with you.
In these days of sophisticated technology there is no reason to experiment on animals and the only reason Scientists still do so is because animals are plentiful and cheap.
Organisations like Dr Hadwen Trust non animal research do wonderful work but have to raise every penny they need to do so. They get no government grants.
Quest Cancer research are another good organisation that don’t use animals but many people remember Cancer Research UK who do use animals, in their wills. Millions of £ are poured into the suffering and death of countless animals year after year and they still haven’t found a cure for cancer!
I think if you call yourself an Animal Welfare activist rather than Animal Rights activist it goes down better as to many people animal rights makes them think of PETA and we get called PETA freaks.
While I think the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is a very good step forward I don’t see how it can be justified that for example a pet cat is protected by the law but a laboratory cat is not!
The human race is really still as barbaric as it was in the beginning!

Kattaddorra signature Ruth

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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