Saturday, April 08, 2006

They are our best friends, not our substitutes

Last month, there was a bit of a shocker when 6 people who volunteered to take an experimental drug were rushed to a hospital with a near-terminal illness
A couple of days ago, the last two were released, which finally can allow everyone to concentrate on the more serious part of this issue, blame assignment.
Won't be easy, as the trial has been carried out according to regs and every precaution was taken. The biggest surprise is that the previous tests, on monkeys and rabbits showed almost no adverse results. I think this might serve as a warning sign. We're grown accustomed to the horrors of animal testing, despite constant proof that animal testing doesn't always get us the needed results. Animal biology and physiology is at times so different that a drug that doesn't have any negative effect on an animal nearly kills a human being.

So far the only excuse still standing for scientific cruelty against animals was the human lives that are saved by those experiments. Now, that the flaws of this logic nearly cost 6 people their lives, maybe it's time to rethink this whole mess.

And to sum it up in a positive mind, here are some pictures of a monkey and a kitten.

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