Medical experimentation on animals a huge and cruel industry in Canada

By on May 8, 2017

Dear Editor:

I come from a generation who, lacking information technology, had to read books and newspapers and do research on a subject in a book library.

Although I still enjoy a quiet place with a book, or the morning newspaper spread out on the kitchen table before one of my cats does a yoga stretch on it, I do, more and more, rely on the internet for information and on social media to share news.

Believe it or not, there are still people whose only news comes from a radio, television or newspaper.

For those people, I sometimes pen a Letter to the Editor.

The subject has to be local and safely mundane to be published, but occasionally one of my thought-provoking (I hope) letters gets by the editor for my friends and acquaintances to read in print.

Such lax oversight in editors is rare, but I’m submitting this letter in the hope he or she did not sleep well and will accept my letter for publication while bleary eyed.

My letter asks why, in spite of information abundantly available on the internet, people remain ignorant about subjects that require critical thinking.

Indeed, if the information is troubling, many willfully turn away to cocoon themselves in blissful ignorance.

I would sleep so much better were I able to do the same and I would not be writing this letter.

However, I am what I am.

Today (with apologies to the gentle but ill-used milk cow), I write to kick the sacred cow, which is medical experimentation on animals in laboratories.

It is a huge, cruel industry that has failed to produce cures of major human diseases.

How huge?

An estimate 115-127 million animals are sacrificed to this sacred cow each year.  Mice and rats are the predominant lab animals, but there are also primates, beagles (12,500  beagles a year in one Canadian laboratory alone), and at Texas A&M University Golden Retrievers have suffered disgusting experimentation for 30 years without producing a cure for humans.

Nevertheless, that study continues.

I hesitate to write anything unkind about the learned researchers who lead animal vivisections and other lethal experiments.

I will only say that I have no respect for them. They are not my sacred cow.

On a positive note, there are younger, more enlightened medical men and women, educated in modern technology, who have turned away from using animal models to non-animal alternatives with successful results.

Anyone wishing to pick up educational literature, with lists of medical successes resulting from non-medical research, was invited to participate in the recent memorial walk held in Kelowna in late April.

Helen Schiele

Kelowna, B.C.

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