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Animal Testing - understanding it, simplified

The AR position is that whatever you think should be okay to do to any sentient animals should be the same as you would allow to be done to your equally sentient pet.

This logic is the same as you might state with children - whatever you think is okay to be done any child should be okay to do to your child.

Some folks want to argue that doing testing to save lives is a good thing. Here is what Mark Twain and Bernard Russell said:

Mark Twain:

Bernard Russell:

I would allow myself to be tortured and killed if there were at least a 25% change that it would cure cancer, I don't feel I have the right to sacrifice my pet, or your pet, or another equally sentient animal. It's morally wrong. Oh, and, by the way, before I let someone test on me, I want to know that there isn't something else they could try first, and that their chances of success are statistically valid.

Arguments about how successful is the testing are not relevant. Just as arguing about what the Bible says is not relevant to whether we abuse animals.

With regard to testing we don't have parallel universes where all things are equal except in one the scientist used animals and in the other another method was used have little or no data to compare how fast the results would develop.

Again - animal testing is immoral - any other argument is not relevant.

Now let's tackle the subject from a morality standpoint: If I were given the choice of 1.) being born, and being part of some experiments, and being fed good food and being kept healthy and getting some semblance of a life (even if I were denied the full experience) and killed painlessly - or 2.) not experiencing consciousness at all - I would prefer door number 1 - being born.

Therefore, my moral position is that animal testing -- where the animals are specifically bred for tests and treated well -- is NOT immoral.

For this to be acceptable to me the entire process has to be transparent. Currently, many companies doing tests are not concerned about the animals' welfare, means of death, etc.

All tests should be done with internet cameras for outside monitoring. Trade secrets don't need to be revealed, just a day in the life of a lab rat.

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