Is animal experimentation acceptable if it helps animals, too, by advancing veterinary science?

This is like asking whether it’s acceptable to experiment on poor children to benefit rich ones. The point is not whether animal experimentation can be useful to animals or humans; the point is that we should not inflict suffering on those who are at our mercy. Veterinary medicine, like human medicine, is increasingly dependent upon studies that don’t harm some animals in an effort to help others. These include computer modeling, cell research, epidemiological research, and clinical studies designed to help animals who are already ill.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind