As usual, the public on both sides of this argument are utterly
Richards is right that animal testing that involves cruelty should be
stopped. In the UK most of it has been, hopefully soon all. Possibly
all use of animals for testing that involoves their death, even if
pain-relieved, should be stopped, but unfortunately that would simply
mean that it would be done elswhere than in the UK, by people who did
not follow such strict rules against cruel treatment. Therefore an
international agreement should worked for, first, on how animals should
be used - for the training of surgeons for instance, as unless we are
to have all surgeons train on humans it will be difficult for them to
learn the craft. The humans used instead might not be too enthusiastic
rights activists who threaten or carry out violence against those
acting within the current law, whatever it is, should be arrested,
charged and if guilty imprisoned until judged not likely ever to offend
again. Those guilty of only threats could be released provided they
undertake to work publicly against violence and threatening.
All those convicted should be tagged, on release, for a significant
period and asked to report regularly to appropriate authorities during
those marching in the streets, if anyone marches they should do so in
favour of the above. They need to march only because none of
these things are being done by elected governments, and they should be.
None of the above will be happen, of course, as humans are so obsessed
with their own personal importance, even if they are genetically
defective and insufferably boring, that if they or their children can
be kept alive or out of pain, no matter how many animals are tortured
in the process, they will put themselves first. At the moment there are
too many humans and a shortage of some wild animals, and it is we who
are the waste of space.
MAY 14 2006
sometimes wonder, but...
As you will read
from the following, the PM supports animal testing. That is just as
well as it is required by law. At the moment, drugs cannot be
administered to humans unless they have been tested on animals. Of
course we could abolish the law, or we could cease to demand endless
new medicines to deal with our diseases. Most to the point we should be
finding out if we are creating these diseases ourselves. It would seem
that bird flu, for example, has been caused by the unhealthy management
of domesticated and farmed birds. BSE and CJD was caused by the wrong
management of cattle. MRS is entirely our own fault and the
consequences of farming bacteria resistant to antibiotics are simply a
just reward for idiocy. We live in unsuitable places, eat the wrong
food or starve because there is none, fight over historical
grieveances, argue over ideological theories we learn without
understanding, procreate without
aim or responsibility and consume the earth's resources because we are
ever more and ever wanting more. GROWTH is the ony way we know to get
round our mismanagement of human affairs, and growth without regard to
the consequencs is mismanagement itself. All this should start to
sink in eventually now we have global communications and multiple
access and input potential. Simplistic idealism and fundamentalist
pressure groups on all sides are part of the problem. The animal rights
extremists are utterly wrong and do not hep their cause. Those who
believe endlessly evolving drugs are the key to the better future are
just as crazy, though we can hardly blame our chemists from trying to
produce them when the public demands and government tells the public
they have the right to whatever treatment can be devised.
Blair pledges support for animal testing
Sunday May 14, 01:15 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime
Minister Tony Blair
declared his support for the country's key drugs industry on Sunday by
announcing he would sign an online petition supporting the use of
animals for medical research.
Blair said he was making the
unusual move to show how important he felt
it was that "as many people as possible stand up against the tiny group
of extremists threatening medical research and advances in this
His break with tradition --
petitions are normally handed to prime
ministers, not signed by them -- follows a week when animal rights
activists threatened drug company shareholders and four other animal
rights militants were jailed for 40 years.
The prime minister will join
14,000 other people who have signed the
People's Petition, launched last month by the Coalition for Medical
Progress, a broad alliance of drug companies, medical bodies,
scientists and charities.
The petition says it "gives a
voice to the silent majority of people in
Britain who want to show their support for medical research using
animals in the UK".
Last week four animal rights
militants were jailed for a total of 40
years for a six year campaign of intimidation that culminated in the
desecration of the grave of a woman whose family bred guinea pigs for
On Tuesday drugs firm
GlaxoSmithKline secured a rare High Court
injunction against an unknown group of animal rights activists to stop
them publicising the names of its shareholders.
The campaigners had threatened to
publish on a Web site the names and
addresses of private shareholders who refused to sell their shares in
the company, Europe's biggest drugsmaker.
Blair, writing in the Sunday
Telegraph, said the targeting of
GlaxoSmithKline shareholders "shows why we must support and protect
individuals and companies engaged in life-saving medical research."
"There is no alternative for the
foreseeable future to using animals if
we are to see the full benefits of scientific advances," he added.
The National Anti-Vivisection
Society (NAVS) condemned Blair's support
for the animal testing petition, calling it "hugely irresponsible".
"This petition is being run by an
extremist group of vested interests
representing a very narrow area of medical research," said Jan Creamer,
NAVS chief executive.
Drugs research is one of the
country's most important industries but
the country is also host to some of the world's most vociferous animals
A quarter of the world's top 100
medicines were discovered in Britain,
although the country accounts for less than 4 percent of the global