There was a Pro-Test for Science rally on the UCLA Campus today. The goal of the rally was to spread awareness about the utility of animal-research and to help combat extremists and prove to the community and world that the ethical use of animals for biomedical research is absolutely vital to the progress and success of advancements in science.
Many of the treatments that we discuss on this site are available because of extensive research with animals. In fact, many scientific discoveries have been possible largely because animal research is an available tool for researchers. Immunizations, medical treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes treatments have all been advanced greatly through the use of biomedical research with animals. Of course, great care is always taken to ensure humane treatment of the animals used. Animals prove a vital part of advancements in medicine, genetics and other research.
Biomedical scientists endure many trials in order to become experts in the type of research techniques we’re talking about here, including extensive schooling, years of training and of course many thousands of hours spent in a lab, all for the benefit of humanity. They should not have to additionally endure the harassment of extremists and fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones who often are caught in the middle.
Debate is healthy; discussion is good. But the harassment and terrorizing of researchers must stop if we’re to consider ourselves an open, educated, society. All biomedical researchers want is to better society by finding cures for the many things that plague our world today, so what everyone should really be doing is thanking them.
Co-authored by Jamie Felzer
2 responses to “Like advancements in medical care and science? Then support animal research”
Disappointing that you choose to not add a comment that I made which suggested a potentially mitigating scenario to your opinion. Doesn’t make this blog much of a model for objective and reasoned journalism.
I can’t say I know what you’re talking about Michael, or what a “mitigating scenario” would be. Your comment got approved automatically, which means I must have approved a past comment of yours. If you scan the blog, you’ll see that I post objecting opinions freely as long as they’re informed and not pure-propaganda.
I guess what I’m saying is if you feel like something was not published, submit again.