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Dr. Jane Goodall: Animal Experiments Are ‘Morally Wrong and Unacceptable’

Written by PETA | June 10, 2008

In the ’80s, when PETA began pushing cosmetics companies to stop testing their products on animals, those companies insisted that there were no alternatives to dripping mascara into rabbits’ eyes and pumping copious quantities of lip gloss into the stomachs of guinea pigs. Miraculously, when consumers began sending cruelly tested products back to the companies and demanding their money back, the giants of the cosmetics industry found alternatives. Ah, what a difference a little incentive makes!

For years, PETA has been saying that non-animal alternatives are faster, cheaper, and more effective than animal tests, and just last summer, a report published by the not-so-shabby National Academy of Sciences said much the same thing. But as long as the federal government continues to pour money into cruel and pointless animal tests—and as long as vivisectors can map out a tenured career for themselves feeding at the government trough—animal experiments will continue. And even as we work to hold up a mirror to the evil that is vivisection, we need more incentives for non-animal research.

World-famous primate expert Dr. Jane Goodall hit the nail on the head last week when she appealed to the European Union to end the use of animals in experimentation, suggesting that a Nobel Prize be conferred for scientific breakthroughs that use “new ways of testing and experimenting that will not involve the use of live, sentient beings.” She added, “We need to recognize at the outset that what we do to animals from their perspective certainly, and probably from ours, is morally wrong and unacceptable.”

It’s not the first time that Dr. Goodall has ignited a firestorm of controversy, throwing monkey wrenches into conventionally held prejudices and preconceptions. In 1960, Dr. Goodall shook the world by documenting tool use in chimpanzees, an ability that was believed to be uniquely human. Her mentor famously commented, “Now we must redefine tool, redefine Man, or accept chimpanzees as humans.”

Forty-eight years later, Dr. Goodall continues to turn conventional thinking on its head, and our guess is that she’s right once again!

—GracePosted by Grace Friedan

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  • indycar01 says:

    visit. read what the march of dimes spends 30 million a year your money on.

  • Annalena says:

    Your welcome Carla! I have a lot of unique stories about animals and I love to share them with caring people!

  • lynda downie says:

    Hopefully the incentive of a Nobel Prize at the recommendation of Jane Goodall will move some proponents of vivisection to seriously consider alternate research methods. Thanks Dr.Goodall for adding your voice.

  • Carla says:

    Cool encounters thanks for sharing Annalena!!

  • Annalena says:

    I adore her! I was really upset that I missed her when she visited the university here. I wish Peta would give real saints like her more attention rather than celebrities.Chimps pass along cultureuse toolsplay airplane with their babiesuse “spears” to huntuse leaves as toilet paper etc. They are fantastic beings and deserve respectas all primates do and all animals no matter what their “skills” are. I hope she speaks about smaller primates that are used in testing robot monkey. I always remember the event where the little boy fell into the Gorilla enclosure and a female Gorilla cradled him like a baby. A female baboon also adopted a guinea pig that wandered into her enclosure not to long ago. Also in Africa a group of chimps adopted a disabled little boy who was abandoned.

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  • Erin says:

    Thank goodness for people like Jane Goodall.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Jane Goodall is the best. Chimps can make tools but using chimps makes you a tool.

  • Holly says:

    Jane Goodall is a saint truly a saint for her great love and heard work for the animals… Thank You Jane…always Go Vegan…

  • Carla says:

    Long Live Dr. Jane Goodall!! I remember watching her on television back in the day and saying “What a lovely lady” Her name says it all!!