Saturday, May 9, 2009

Vivisection - The Hidden Genocide

Along with animal factory farming and the resulting carnage and environmental degradation, vivisection is an issue that gets buried among many 'progressives' and 'conservatives' who would rather look the other way.

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Jason Miller - He no longer heard the cries of the animals or saw the flowing blood....
Millions of nonhuman animals are vivisected every year to ensure our “safety” when we take prescription drugs. Just how safe are we? Consider that adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are the fourth leading cause of death, 15% of hospital admissions are related to ADRs, prescription drugs kill over 100,000 people every year (more than street drugs), and ADRs cost us over $130 billion in medical expenses every year.

Despite its demonstrably abysmal results and despite exciting breakthroughs in genetics and other areas of science, and the rapid development of technologies that make vivisection antiquated and obsolete, it persists, not because it brings “truth,” but rather because it is highly profitable up and down throughout the long chain of “research.” There is tremendous peer-pressure and academic inertia to continue confining and torturing other sentient beings without their consent for several reasons, but aside from the facts that vivisection is a deeply entrenched orthodoxy which is handed down from one generation of researchers to the next and that nonhuman animal research is easily published (no small incentive to practice it in the ‘publish or perish’ environments of universities), vivisection generates and protects income. Vivisection continues to be highly regarded and heavily promoted within the mainstream medical and scientific communities, as many universities have come to depend mightily upon the multi-million dollar grants they receive to fund nonhuman animal research, even that which is frivolous or redundant.

Big Pharma, one of the largest supporters and beneficiaries of nonhuman animal research, uses its significant influence—an influence derived from deep pockets and even deeper incestuous relationships with legislators, government regulators, peer-reviewed medical journals, publicly funded institutions, and doctors—to sustain the lie that it would be impossible to innovate and market new prescription drugs without vivisection. {more}

Good Ol' Humans Club

Who's Afraid of Jerry Vlasak?

European Parliament: MEPs Buckle Under Vivisection Industry Pressure


Great apes suffer setback in EU animal testing vote


http://www.reuters.com/resources/r/?m=02&d=20090505&t=2&i=9980699&w=192&r=2009-05-05T140811Z_01_BTRE544139W00_RTROPTP_0_SPAIN-APES

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  2. I hear their cries. Thank you for helping to spread the word!!

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