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We use animals as food, shelter, and research, as well ase as companions, even as entertainment. But they should have the right or we can do with them what we want? We properly treat animals?

In 2004, journalist Friedrich Myuln filmed with a hidden camera that comes with primates in the largest research center in Europe, located in Muenster (Germany), belongslying multinational company engaged in drug research and testing them on animals. Photos showed that staff treated monkeys rude, shouted at them, forcing them to dance to the loud sounds of pop music in addition, they placed them in a tiny cell with no natural light or proper care. Primatologist Jane GoodALL these conditions are described as horrible: « Lonely monkey in a cage can not do anything, it will go crazy with boredom and sadness ».

Is it acceptable to use animals in research?

Of course, experiments with them play a key role in the progress of medicine. Louis Pasteur would be unable to1881 demonstrate controversial at the time the germ theory, if not infected sheep and 50 only half of this amount entered antiviral serum. Insulin obtained from dogs in 1922, revolutionized the treatment of diabetes, and 100,000 monkeys were sacrificed for polio vaccine (from each was killed bylucheno 65 doses). Relatively recently, the toxicity and efficacy of AIDS drugs has been tested on monkeys were studied mechanisms of disease transmission from infected pregnant women fruits that have been used to determine the antiviral treatment for women are in position.

So, where this limit? Or are we usingit « that something goes wrong » under the guise of scientific progress? In the 70s, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Harry Harlow infant macaques used to trigger clinical depression. Within six weeks of macaques remained in the vertical cell with slippery walls called themselves as Harlow « holesaspirations & raquo ;, after a few days the poor animals huddled in a quiet corner. After the release of their apparent social exclusion and, most of them did not survive.

To what extent do the ends justify the means?

tests of this kind have been carried out in abundance between 1940 and 1960, especially in Hy?reskskom national research center of primates in Atlanta (USA), one of the most important research centers in the world. Sadism these studies is through the roof. For example, for three years young chimpanzees kept in complete darkness, and others on their hands and feet wore special cases, which are immobilized andx within two years. Do we really need so much cruelty to prove something as obvious that if a social animal deprive the company, there are pathological behaviors?

In 2003, CNN published the experiments Sander Connolly neurosurgeon at Columbia University, which has stimulated the hemorrhage depriving the brain baboons eyeballs and clamping the artery in their brain. After he had them neuroprotective drug and kept alive for several days in terrible condition. Connolly justified this barbarism, because « he can get relevant results & raquo ;. This is a scientific version of the sayings « end justifies the means ».

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