Phi for All Posted May 14, 2015 Share Posted May 14, 2015 Animal testing is done because humans see themselves as more important than other species. Everything we use non-human animal species for we only do because we see ourselves as more important than them. It's nothing but egotistical garbage. And yes, I'm a hypocrite, I realize that all too well A broad, emotional response lacking all nuance, that points out why so many people don't bother with the science. It's much easier to convert the world into good and evil, and paint it black and white. If you don't acknowledge that we raise many animals in sheltered lives for the purpose of knowledge or food or fibers, if you don't insist that these necessary means be performed as humanely as possible, then you're not honoring the sacrifices they make to advance human knowledge. By seeing yourself as only more important, you miss the fact that all life on this planet is interconnected, and that when we know more about one part, it can help with many other parts. I think you're demeaning the necessary sacrifice by making it all about our importance. The bond between humans and the animals we domesticate to make life better is an old one. From dogs to guard us, to canaries in coal mines, to lab rabbits being dosed with chemicals people will eventually use, these animals either wouldn't exist at all or would be living reduced and more dangerous lives in the wild. I know this seems more "natural" to many, but again, I think this is purely an emotional response. Where do you draw the necessary line in that argument? Should we stop raising pets because they should be out in the wild? Should we stop forcing dogs to lead blind people around? Better knowledge is the key to reducing animal testing, not emotional knee-jerks. We don't use canaries in coal mines anymore, because we figured out better ways. If we stay reasonable, we can probably figure out how to reduce harmful testing as well. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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