An Ask About Animal Research
I’m not sure precisely what you mean by atrocious and overly cruel.
Well… I know what you mean… but I’m not sure what you mean.
Like are you are thinking of any specific cases? Or are you are basing this off of information from a non-scientific source (e.g. websites like PETA, HSUS, and even popular media)? I do not intend for this to come off as rude or anything of that sort. I am merely curious, as many pop-news stories tend to cite (intentionally or not) outdated procedures because it makes for a sensational and incendiary news piece.
Animal research is NEVER taken lightly. It doesn’t matter what the species is. There are multiple private and government regulations and inspection agencies that make researchers justify every step of the process. You want to use 10 rhesus macaques for_____? Why 10? Why rhesus? Are these the best model available? Is there no substitute model? Is 10 the minimum number required for your statistical analysis? What age? What social status? On and on and on for Every Single Aspect of the design. The protocol gets questioned and inspected over and over again before being accepted and allowed to proceed beyond paper. So while you (or I) may not like certain research protocols, I don’t think any (in the US with appropriate accreditation and compliance with laws) would be unnecessarily using animals. Never mind in a cruel or atrocious fashion.
Now, I’m not saying that there aren’t improvements to be made. Goodness, of course not. But let’s use an example, and if you guys have specifics that you’d like me to look into / discuss we can go from there.
Because I am primarily working with primates at the moment, I’m going to use an example of cruel conditions that primates in research are said to be subjected to. I’m doing this because 1) I can tell you what I have seen with my own eyes from my colleagues and my own work, and 2) due to our close relationship with primates, cases of cruelty against them seem so much more heinous. (Not that other animals are any less entitled to proper treatment, but I am trying NOT to make this post a book… so the line has to be drawn somewhere)
as my work moves more towards primatology, which I was having a hard time with because it conflicts with personal beliefs about animal research and testing, this was a very helpful and informative post for me. also, believe me when I say that the gorillas one of my profs works with are much happier in the privacy of a research setting than they are when they are at the zoo, and the levels of their anxiety related behaviors proves that.