Putting a New Face on Animal Testing

Putting a New Face on Animal Testing

There are 22 comments on the findingDulcinea story from Nov 6, 2009, titled Putting a New Face on Animal Testing. In it, findingDulcinea reports that:

Studies show Americans' support for animal research has declined significantly. In response, biomedical researchers have launched a national campaign to defend and promote animal testing.

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Billy Bob

Shreveport, LA

#21 Apr 17, 2013
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#22 Apr 17, 2013
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Excerpts from 'A Critical Look At Animal Experimentation'
Increasing numbers of scientists and clinicians are challenging animal experimentation on medical and scientific grounds. In the United Kingdom, for example, 82 % of general practitioners said they were concerned that animal data can be misleading when applied to humans - according to a 2004 survey commissioned by Europeans for Medical Progress. Considerable evidence demonstrates that animal experimentation is inefficient and unreliable, while newly developed methodologies are more valid and less expensive than animal studies.
Proponents of animal experimentation (tests, experiments and
«educational» exercises involving harm to animals) claim that
it has played a crucial role in virtually all medical advances. However, several medical historians argue that key discoveries in
such areas as heart disease, cancer, immunology, anesthesia and
psychiatry were in fact achieved through clinical research, observation of patients and human autopsy.
Human data has historically been interpreted in light of laboratory
data derived from nonhuman animals. This has resulted
in unfortunate medical consequences. For instance, by 1963 prospective and retrospective studies of human patients had already
shown a strong correlation between cigarette smoking and lung
cancer. In contrast, almost all experimental efforts to produce
lung cancer in animals had failed. As a result, Clarence Little, a
leading cancer animal experimenter, wrote:«The failure of many
investigators to induce experimental cancers, except in a handful
of cases, during fifty years of trying, casts serious doubt on the validity of the cigarette-lung cancer theory.» Because the human and animal data failed to agree, this researcher and others distrusted the more reliable human data. As a result, health warnings were delayed for years, while thousands of people died of lung cancer.
By the early 1940s, human clinical investigation strongly indicated
that asbestos causes cancer. However, animal studies repeatedly
failed to demonstrate this, and proper workplace precautions
were not instituted in the U.S. until decades later.20 Similarly, human population studies have shown a clear risk from exposure to
low-level ionizing radiation from diagnostic X-rays and nuclear wastes,21-24 but contradictory animal studies have stalled proper
warnings and regulations. Likewise, while the connection between alcohol consumption and cirrhosis is indisputable in humans, repeated efforts to produce cirrhosis by excessive alcohol ingestion have failed in all nonhuman animals except baboons, and even the baboon data is inconsistent.
I guess you are right, there is value to animal experimentation, but only to those who profit from in financially.
you raise an excellent point. and i agree totally and without reservation. animal testing is barbaric and cruel, and medical animal experiments are less accurate than a coin toss. in other words a total scam, a gigantic junkscience fraud to the general public.

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