A Future Of Chimeras?
When it comes to animals used for scientific research, there is good, and it is bad. Consider cosmetics, as an example. Cosmetics aren’t designed for the purpose of causing harm to people. However, you couldn’t very well test cosmetics on people, in case some unexpected allergy or other exigency caused a suit-worthy stink.
Even if you had volunteers, there’s likely to be strong political push-back—though perhaps this is the solution of the future! Regardless, cosmetic testing is one of the least harmful means of testing out there. Vivisection and introduction of certain pathogens to certain organisms can be much drier.
There’s a crux, here. In WWII, the Nazis conducted these exact same experiments on Jewish people. Those experiments horrifying as a result, and animals being subjected to the same are certainly in a horrendous situation that is just as horrifying in some ways.
At the same time, mankind requires meat to live, and this is something to think about: an animal is more likely to survive testing than it is to survive a slaughterhouse. Food for thought indeed! The truth is, many animal testing solutions actually provide mankind exceptional benefit, and not all animals are harmed—especially when a breakthrough is achieved. Some animals may even save lives. Did you know that GMO corn has been causing cancer in rats?
A Corny Situation
GMOs were designed to solve world hunger problems. Now imagine if some GMO solution were designed and rushed to market before its effects could be tested on any animals. Rats would eat the corn even if it weren’t given to them in a laboratory—the creatures are natural bottom feeders, and fresh corn—GMO or not—is far from the bottom, making it a tasty treat for a rat.
So scientists take advantage of this and give rats a diet of GMO foodstuffs. Cancerous tumors result, which prevents those foodstuffs from getting to market and infecting some impoverished family with unnecessary cancer—ideally. Businessmen in lab-coats are still trying to push GMOs on the public even with these admittedly observable concerns.
All that being said: the rat with a tumor very likely saved the lives of an entire family while having a substantively better life himself. Rats in the wild are rife with parasites, don’t live as long as those in captivity, and often die of their own diseases without any human assistance. It’s a good tradeoff, all things considered.
Animal Testing That Pushes Moral Boundaries
The real dark side of animal testing involves hybridization—human-animal hybrids. You’ve likely seen the picture of the human ear grown on the back of the mouse. Well, that was done around a decade ago in a laboratory, and only represents the tip of the iceberg.
Still, whether testing is of the benign kind, or conducted by some contemporary Dr. Moreau, there is an industry here, and it has resulted in a number of unique ways to both categorize and expedite experimentation, either on animals or other subjects.
This is evidenced by new animal research solutions like StudyLog Systems, which is used by the world’s leading academic, government, biotech, and pharmaceutical labs in dozens of countries to run and manage animal research studies. Other solutions make it so that large groups of animals can be categorized and managed with a massive reduction in associated hassle.
The Light And Dark Side Of The Animal Testing “Force”
Since animal testing definitely has a light side, and definitely has a dark side, it’s necessary for those that conduct such tests and are of the “good guy” variety to optimize operations, step up their game, and keep “black hat” actors from producing genetically hybridized chimeras that terrorize remote neighborhoods in similitude to films from the eighties.
Today’s world is complicated. That which is “good” often has several sides, and to understand what’s going on, it becomes necessary to step back and take in the bigger picture.