(Original post by barwen)
You should be tested on. Perhaps we could then find out why some humans are void of compassion and have a liking for pain and suffering of innocent animals. No animal should suffer or die for human health Murderer.
I haven't posted on TSR since this thread and this is what I find, ha.
Take this hypothetical: if there was a hospital fire and you only had time to save either the hospital cat, a human patient, or a lab rat, which would you chose? On what criteria would you base the decision?
You have to look at what makes life valuable - capacity to suffer physically and emotionally, perception of the self, personhood etc. Clearly, some living things are more valuable than others.
If we didn't test on animals, modern medicine wouldn't work. Many millions of people would suffer from diseases we could have found cures and treatments for. In my opinion, the pain and suffering that people would endure outweighs the suffering inflicted on animals.
But that doesn't mean the animals aren't worthy or moral consideration. I still think eating meat is mostly wrong, I think testing on great apes is almost always wrong, but we really need animal testing for medicine.
And researchers do their best to prevent unnecessary animal suffering with the "3 R's".