Thursday, April 06, 2006

More animal testing required...

Good article on spiked-online about drug testing on people and animals. The recent events are Northwick Park are big news precisely because drug tests on people rarely go so badly wrong. Rather predictably the animal liberation lobby is seizing on this to argue that drug testing on animals isn't effective. That's rubbish. If anything it shows that type of treatment being tested (monoclonal antibodies) needs more vigorous testing on animals, particularly on primates.

Ultimately drug testing is dangerous, and unless you view animal and human lives as equivalent then there's no choice but to test on animals. The truth is, however, that there are some among the vociferous animal liberation lobby who value animal lives more highly than their own species.

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