When a former director of the National Institutes of Health says it’s time to dial back animal experimentation for human diseases, you know times are changing. Dr. Elias Zerhouni said, “We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in humans to understand disease biology in humans.” However, it’s business as usual, and beyond, in the United Kingdom, according to a recent article.
We have airlines refusing to transport primates for research purposes. Philippine Airline recently joined a long list of those refusing to do so, but there are still some holdouts.
So, are animals getting a break in the laboratory? Yes and no. Just depends on which organization, institute, or laboratory you’re talking about. Many animals still suffer for our beauty; others do not. Unfortunately, millions suffer through drug trials. These trials often prove nothing. The research animal is not adversely affected by a drug that when introduced into the human community causes adverse reactions ranging from diarrhea to death.
So, when you think about it…times are maybe changing but not for many research animals and not for many humans who suffer from adverse reactions to “safe” drugs and procedures.