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Animals with Human Right
Make Researchers Run Scared

Scientific American, by Josh Fischman

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Posted By:EveningStar, 4/19/2014 2:23:57 PM

Dogs and cats, historically, have been people´s property like a couch or a toaster. But as they´ve moved into our houses and our hearts, courts of law have begun to treat them as something more. They can inherit your estate, get an appointed lawyer if your relatives challenge that inheritance and are protected from cruel acts. Your toaster can´t do any of that. As these animals inch closer to citizen´s rights, the trend is being watched with worried eyes by biomedical researchers who fear judges could extend these rights to lab animals like monkeys and rats, thereby curbing experimentation.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/19/2014 3:21:25 PM     (No. 9817108)

Here in Texas we are over-run with feral dogs and cats and hogs and Metsicans.

The sub humans have the advantage that they are not ´illegal´.

And yet there are no penalties for ventilating the quadrupeds.

BTW---The East Texas ´Rooters´ really are taking over. They are mean and nasty and often diseased and don´t yield hardly any bacon at all. Though the ribs are great.

The Metsicans are inclined to be small and skinny and seldom dress out much over a hundred pounds.

(OK...kidding...just kidding)



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Reply 2 - Posted by: OhMy, 4/19/2014 3:49:07 PM     (No. 9817124)

What good are human rights? The humans are loosing them so we may as well give them to the animals. Dismiss all the judges from the courts and decide every question by some random process. At least that way the right decision would come out half the time - more than we can say now !

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Reply 3 - Posted by: columba, 4/19/2014 4:25:10 PM     (No. 9817137)

Thomas Aquinas pointed out that life itself is not sacred - only human life is sacred.

Thomas makes reasoned sense to me.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/19/2014 4:45:15 PM     (No. 9817148)

St. T,AQ....would be considered to be a ´speciesist´ today.

St. Francis of Assisi cautioned us, in Gawd´s mercy, to love ALL the animals.

And yet....I´m willing to suffer eternity in the ninth level of hell for a Roquefort and Guacamole cheeseburger.

...and yes....I would like fries with that !!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Japanorama, 4/19/2014 5:05:17 PM     (No. 9817165)

Protestors, when your mother and father sicken and die, ask yourself if your activities impeded the development of treatments that might have saved them.
Ask yourself whether you cared more for dogs than your parents.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Wetenschapper, 4/19/2014 6:15:24 PM     (No. 9817236)

Were it only so that research animals were used for curing diseases. The federal grant system, and the universities that profit by taking a huge slice of those grants for "administrative costs" have resulted in junk-science factories that produce nothing but articles to be rubber-stamped by others in the peer-review game and published. After spending 25 years playing the research game, I´d estimate that upward of 70% of research isn´t worth the glossy journal paper paper it´s printed on and, by extension, 70% of the rats, mice, sheep, cats, and monkeys have suffered and died pretty much in vain.

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