UWO must curb animal testing

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Brock prof hosts conference, calls for moratorium on animal testing”
March 22, 2007

To the Editor:
After reading the front-page article “Brock prof hosts conference, calls for moratorium on animal testing,” I was inspired.

The alternatives to animal testing mentioned would significantly reduce the number of animals abused for the sake of “science.” Being opposed to animal testing myself, I applaud Professor Sorenson’s effort and wish him much success. I would like to challenge Western " a university that, like so many others, engages in animal testing " to adopt or increase the use of alternative methods. We are in the 21st century and animal testing isn’t our only option.
"Bianca Marcus
Arts and Humanities I


To the Editor:
People concerned about animal welfare are right to scrutinize the use of animals in experiments. Animals in laboratories endure lives of privation, isolation, stress, trauma and depression even before they are enrolled in any sort of protocol. Caged, often alone, in tiny barren cells of concrete and steel, animals in labs are deprived of everything natural to them. Canadian laws governing the treatment of animals in laboratories are primarily focused on housekeeping and don’t prohibit any type of experimentation, no matter how pointless, redundant or cruel.

Using animals as “models” of human disease can be dangerous, misleading or both. The Food and Drug Administration recently reported that of all drugs tested safe and effective in animal tests, 92 per cent are found to be either unsafe or ineffective in humans. Dr. Richard Klausner, former director of the National Cancer Institute, said: “The history of cancer research has been a history of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer for decades, and it simply didn’t work in humans.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) agrees with the growing number of scientists who say we must, for our own survival, move beyond animal testing.
"Alka Chandna
Senior Researcher, PETA
UWO Alum ’93 (Ph D, Dept. of Applied Mathematics & Statistics)

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