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More about Animal testing

Have been thinking a lot about my previous post (and been meaning to post these thoughts on it for about a week...).

So, many new medicines can save many lives, which is definitely a good thing.

However, does this justify damaging another life to develop these?

I think there's a general idea that the lives of the humans who will benefit is far great than those of the animals that will suffer. Closer to home, etc. You just need to look at the press lately to see this is the case. However, if you remove personal bias (ie the pure selfish ideas of it being my species so I'll be the one to benefit as will those around me), then I can't see any reason why this should be the case. I can't see any other animals as having less right to live than me.

In that case, are the lives of the meny more important than that of the one. If the one is consenting to take the risk then yes probably, however, if not, I can just see that as a very dangerous way of justifying anything. Where do you draw the line with this? Consent seems the only sensible place, which pretty much rules out animal testing altogether as they can't.

As I say having new medicines has to be a good thing, but does the effect it has on the lives of those it helps justify any possible negetive results of the testing? The more I think about this, the less convinced I become.


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26th Mar, 2006 19:12 (UTC)
What you refer to as personal bias is why we do it. We don't value the lives of non humans as anything like as valuable as the life of humans.

It sounds like you consider the life of a human and a non human to be equivalent. Is this the case?
26th Mar, 2006 19:15 (UTC)
It sounds like you consider the life of a human and a non human to be equivalent.

Yes, definitely, I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be equivalent.
26th Mar, 2006 19:46 (UTC)
Why do you think that view is a minority one?
27th Mar, 2006 21:58 (UTC)
How do you mean?
28th Mar, 2006 06:50 (UTC)
Why do you think almost everyone does not consider human and non human life to be equivalent?
28th Mar, 2006 08:09 (UTC)
Survival instinct
27th Mar, 2006 20:50 (UTC)
Viruses? Flies? Snails? Worms? Do you feel as bad about stepping on a snail as you would about killing a person?
27th Mar, 2006 21:58 (UTC)

I generally try and avoid it and feel very guilty when I do.
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