Friday, February 27, 2009

Medical Experimentation on Dogs?

Students practiced life-saving procedures by cutting open live, anesthetized dogs; later, the dogs were killed, the group said.

I am not opposed to using animals for medical research... however... I do believe in minimizing the use of animals and only doing it as a last resort. When alternatives are readily available, then we should use those alternatives. I know this is a very emotional issue, and easy to side with those who would say that no experimentation should be allowed.

To me, it's kind of like the drug legalization debate. It's fine to argue for the legalization of intoxicating drugs... until one of your close friends or family is either killed or injured or mentally damaged... then it isn't so easy to sit back and say these things. Same with experimentation on animals... easy to support the banning of these procedures... however, it's not so easy when maybe we are talking about saving the lives of people you love. You can't have new doctors experimenting on children or adults to learn how to treat diseases or injuries, can you?

What are your thoughts?

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