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The Folly of Animal Testing
Thirty years ago, as a young veterinary student in South Africa, I was
exposed to animal experimentation for the first time. And I was sickened by
what I saw. Surely, I asked myself, the Good Lord would not make animal
torture the only path to medical progress?
This burning question set me on a path to look for answers and to uncover
the truth about vivisection.
In fact, the truth is plain for all to see. Animal experimentation is bad
science. It is based on 50-year-old laws and 150-year-old science. Animal
experiments have never undergone validation studies, and yet government and
industry continue to accept animal data for use in human medicine. But you
cannot fool all of the people all of the time. Today, it is regarded by many
- even in the scientific community - as indefensible to conduct more
research while existing research has yet to be evaluated. That is a good
enough reason to call for a complete and immediate halt to all animal
Some research scientists have admitted that they are uneasy about conducting
animal experiments. For just such people, it might be useful to perform the
following test: before embarking on an experimental procedure, look your
laboratory animal squarely in the eyes and ask yourself the question: "would
I be doing this if this was my child?"
Andre Menache BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS FRSH