Animal advocates have for years been criticizing the need to experiment on animals as a way to find cures for human diseases. Today, we are vindicated.
According to Dr. Akhtar, “Again and again, drugs found effective in animals in the laboratory have failed when tried in humans….The main reason for these high failure rates? Animal experiments simply don’t make good “models” of human physiology and human diseases.”
Finally, the research community is waking up to what those of us who treasure animals know intuitively to be right. Animals have a purpose and being unto themselves and are not here for us to poke, prod, and otherwise abuse in the name of scientific experiments. Animals in the laboratory are wrong, wrong, wrong.
Akhtar goes on to say, “If we want to truly improve our lives and find cures for our diseases, wouldn’t we be better served if we stop wasting immense time and resources using misleading animal experiments?…By doing so, we will better help our loved ones and ourselves as well as save millions of animals annually from lives of misery.”
Seems when you think about it…animal advocates have been right all along and now some scientists are getting the message too—a mouse is not a human.