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Ten Reasons Why I'm Opposed to Animal
#1. I'm a great believer in informed
consent. Animals are neither informed nor do they consent. #2. If
what we seek to learn is directly beneficial to the animal, that is a
happy byproduct. It is almost never the goal. #3. Animals,
who cannot speak or understand human speech suffer more, not less,
precisely because they lack the mediation of language that can explain the
duration of the suffering, its intensity, and its reason. No animal, I
would guess, has ever understood the purpose of an experiment. #4.
When I look at those experiments in psychology that I can understand, I
see that what they proved was something already known to commonsense -
that you can make a dog give up hope, that an infant monkey prefers his
real mother to a wire surrogate. #5. Despair and loneliness is, in
my view, more intensely felt by animals than it is by human animals. Who
can look into the eyes of a dog in head injury experiments, and not be
overwhelmed by the degree of incomprehension. Even in these circumstances,
dogs do not blame us. This inability to correctly assess our motives is
tragic for the life of the dog. It is a nobility beyond what we can
recognize in our own species. #6. The mind of the vivisector is
not a place I wish to visit, nor would I want to explore his dreams. When
his karma has ripened, I would hate to be there to pick it. #7.
Some scientists enjoy the suffering they witness. #8. Some
scientists do not enjoy the suffering they witness, but they do it anyway.
#9. Some scientists who do not enjoy the suffering and do not do
the experiments, nevertheless stand by silently while their colleagues do
it. By not voicing their dissent, they are complicit in the creation of
the suffering that they deplore. #10. What do we teach students
when they see men in white coats laughing at a monkey in despair, or when
they watch their professors invade the body of an immobilized animal in
their attempt to learn about human aggression?
Ten Reasons Why Animals are Superior to Research
#1. Animals never conduct painful
experiments on members of other species. #2. Animals are not
curious about the results of painful experiments on members of other
species. #3. Animals do not go on Oprah to push their books --
whoops! wrong list! #4. Animals do not confine other animals in
small cages so that other animals can view them, dissect them, maim them,
or eliminate them. #5. Animals do not occupy their time inventing
speciesist reasons why they are superior to the animals they destroy.
#7. Animals do not hide what they do in underground fortresses.
#8. No animal believes you can discover the origins of animal
unhappiness by drilling holes into the brains of other animals.
#9. Animals do not believe there is such a thing as mental
illness. #10. Animals do not list the ten reasons why they are
superior to animal scientists.