Looking through cats' eyes

Jo!hn johnhkm at netsprintXXXX.net.au
Sat Oct 16 20:50:06 EST 1999

Brian Scott <brians at interlog.com> wrote in message
news:3808D3BA.C8A6A5E8 at interlog.com...
> It doesn't take a great leap of the imagination to realize how these
> sorts of experiments may one day help to treat blindness.  Do you think
> scientists just sit there thinking of ways they can have fun torturing
> animals?  Get real!
> Brian

It takes a much smaller leap of the imagination to realise just how much
these animals must suffer during these experiments. Certainly the research
provides valuable info, but "the end justifies the means" does not
constitute an argument. This is a moral question, one that certainly worried
me a great deal when I considered going into research after school. Never
did, and to this day I still do not think I could perform such experiments.
Yes I'm a hypocrite because I benefit through them, but let's not make a
moral issue an absolute (we'll leave that to religion). Y-chat is being just
as real as yourself Brian.

"It is hard to imagine how a fish feels when it's hooked and dragged from
the water, or a fox which is hunted to death, but we can sure that we
wouldn't enjoy such experiences."

Akong Tulku Rinpoche

No, I'm not a vegetarian and will happily kill vermin.

> Y-chat at webtv.net wrote:
> >
> > Although I have never objected to the use of animal research for
> > necessary medical experimentation, I consider this type of research in
> > the same league as using animals to test cosmetics. There should be a
> > more humane way of satisfying speculative sensory studies than animal
> > torture.
> --
> Brian Scott           |     Institute of Medical Science &
> brians at interlog.com   |  Bloorview Epilepsy Research Programme
>                       |        University of Toronto
>                       |           Toronto, Canada

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