Jane Goodall, PhD,
ethologist and author, Mar. 17, 2012, for The Times (UK), titled "So Much
Animal Pain, So Little Human Gain":
In the name of science or medicine, animals are
subjected to countless invasive, frightening and sometimes very painful
procedures. We all want to see cures for terrible diseases such as Parkinson's
(which afflicted my mother), cancer (to which I lost my husband), multiple
sclerosis and so on, but regardless of how much or how little these experiments
benefit human health, should we exploit animals in this way?
Animal experimenters often justify such research by claiming the existence
in humans of some morally relevant characteristics, such as intelligence,
language, or consciousness, that are supposedly absent in other species. But we
are fast discovering a great deal about high levels of intelligence in many
animal species, and too about animal consciousness, emotions and sensitivity to
We need a new mindset for the 21st century. Most experimenters, while
acknowledging that animals are sentient and sometimes sapient beings, say that
some will always have to be used but they will use as few and treat them as
well as possible. Instead, let us admit that the practice is morally and
ethically unacceptable. We need to move on.
The amazing human brain has already discovered astonishingly innovative ways
of improving medical research by replacing animals. Let science direct its
collectively awesome intellect toward finding alternatives to the use of live
animals in all proceduresas soon as possible. This should be supported by the
scientific establishment and vastly increased funding should be found for it.
It should be a goal for all civilised societies.
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