I'm being a slacker today, but I still don't generally have time to post. So I'll just reproduce a comment I wrote on a (vegan, animal-rights-supporter) friend's facebook.
Hai there!I honestly think DM's post is the most important of all of them, because of comments like this one, wherein someone says (quoting an earlier commenter),
There's some cool stuff on http://scienceblogs.com/ right now about animal rights/welfare/testing, because some animal rights supporter wrote an article for huffpo about "Why I Take Animal-Tested Drugs". There's some good links, so I figured I'd link you up to the discussion, and maybe chat about it.
Original article: http://www.... http://www.huffingtonpost.
com/simon-chaitowitz/an-an imal-advocate-explai_b_171 845.html
A couple Scienceblogs responses (in case they're off the front page by the time you get this):
The gentlest response:
hicsandscience/2009/03/ani mal_rights_activist_takes_ d.php
Discussion of the many and varied rules/committes etc. for animal research:
Good writing, but somewhat... insolent. ;)
solence/2009/03/the_hypocr isy_of_animal_rights_activ ists.php
solence/2008/03/bad_scient ific_arguments_in_the_serv ice.php
Scientists do not -murder- or -torture- animals. Hokay? Look, in fact, there's lots and lots of controls to make sure we're not -murdering- or -torturing- animals.If animals have the same rights as people, then they should also have the same responsibilities, right? After all, we don't give underage children full legal rights and we don't expect them to bear the same responsibility as an adult.
We do give children a minimal right not to be murdered or tortured. And we do not impose responsibilities in return.
We do kill animals, sometimes. (Many labs use the term "sacrifice" which is truly more like what we do.) Dr. Free-Ride's post helps to explain why it's ethically acceptable to kill these animals. In my humble opinion, a comfortable life followed by a swift, painless death is pretty much the best that any vertebrate can hope for.
And maybe, with continued research (yes, even animal research) we can figure out enough stuff so that we can make the lives of people and other animals better than ever.