Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

May 7, 2011

What Gives Us the Right to Experiment on Animals?

I have been aware of this story for weeks and was reluctant to put it up,
knowing that children frequently read the content here.
But after reading it again this morning, I feel it should be.
If after you read it, you want to respond, to do something,
please know this.
There are schools everywhere, right now, that are doing the same thing.
Where to begin?
As a lifelong animal lover, I cannot pretend that this is sane, it is not.
Experiments on animals, any animals, are disgusting.
I am a former Nurse, so for those of you who may say
"but what about finding cures for disease, etc.?"
I say this, if experiments to further the understanding of diseases 
need to be done, they should be done with willing participants,
which animals clearly are not.
Many years ago, when one of my most cherished Uncles was dying of cancer,
he went to the hospital and told them to do anything, try anything,
that might help someone else not suffer as much as he did.
He volunteered his life to better others.
The same is not true of animals that are captured and
then experimented on until they either die or are killed.
This is wrong and it needs to end.
How many of you would like to be treated as such?
We, the Human Race, are arrogant in thinking that
because we do not understand the language of animals,
that what they are saying is not of consequence.
Indeed, the animals are speaking to us and
for their sake and ours, we must start listening.

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