"It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians. - Henrik Ibsen
I once had a companion animal named Unicorn. He was very smart (Unicorn could open his own cage) and very friendly. He was a Long and Evans Hooded rat with an electrode sticking out of the top of his head. I had implanted that electrode into the median forebrain bundle of Unicorn's hypothalamus.
My only photo of Unicorn:
(I am the larger of the two mammals with long hair
I no longer cite scientific studies on laboratory animals to conveniently support my own bias. Why? Half of the cancers rats get, mice do not get. Half of the cancers mice get, rats do not get. If one cannot apply a rat study to mice, or a mouse study to rats, then how in the name of scientific integrity can a rodent study be applied to humans?
Furthermore, nutritional studies on mice and rats are intellectually corrupt, as these tiny rodents lack gall bladders and use a completely different set of digestive enzymes than do humans.
I cite today's animal study, not to support or reject its conclusions, but to report that such research represents painful animal abuse designed to generate useless work for, and wasted grant money for white lab coat-wearing members of the scientific community.
I was stunned that such torturous research continues, but I found this one in the January 20, 2011 issue of the Journal of Behavioral Brain Research (Behav Brain Res. 2011 Jan 20;216(2):681-4).
TITLE: "Soy protein diet increases skilled forelimb reaching function after stroke in rats."
METHOD: "In the current study, male Long Evans Hooded rats were fed semi-purified diets containing either sodium caseinate or soy protein isolate. Rats were trained to perform the skilled forelimb reaching task and subsequently underwent unilateral middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) to induce a stroke lesion."
*** Notmilkman's Note: MCAO on laboratory rats is usually performed on 7-day old baby rats. The pups undergo a "permanent unilateral carotid artery" which in English means that they are strangled to near death, so that oxygen flow to the brain is severely compromised. They are then kept in a limited oxygen environment for three hours. The normal percentage of oxygen in air is 21 percent. In order to create a permanent stroke after partial strangulation, the rats are kept in an 8 percent oxygen environment. Slow torture. A lot worse than waterboarding.
STUDY CONCLUSION: I do not give a damn. After strokes are induced in the brain of any living creature, be it rat or cat or dog or man, that creature lives a compromised and painfully challenging life until it is sacrificed and autopsied.
LEAD RESEARCHER: Joseph Cheatwood
AFFILIATION: Department of Anatomy, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Carbondale, IL, USA.
Phone: (618) 453-1591 / 453-1565 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Illinois University Anatomy Department Life Science 3 Room 2086 1135 Lincoln Drive, Mailcode# 6512 Carbondale Illinois 62901
Should you contact Assistant Professor Cheatwood, please be respectful.
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I can count on one hand the number of times I have cried after the loss of a loved one. In 1973, I held Unicorn in my hands, and while that trusting and loving creature watched me, I injected an overdose of sodium pentobarbital into her body and "humanely" ended her life, as I was required to do with all of our laboratory animals after the school year had ended.