In memory of Britches
Every year on this day I remember the liberation of the macaque baby “Britches” from the University Laboratory of California (ULC). The ALF has made this exemption. Britches, a five-week-old monkey baby, was separated from his mother shortly after his birth. The aim of the experiment was to test the effect of a device on the blind so that blind people are guided by warning signals. For this reason the eyelids of Britches had been sewn and a sonar device attached to him.
On April 20, 1985, some courageous ALF activists deactivated the alarm system of ULC, entered the lab, and freed Britches, along with other 460 laboratory animals.
The story of “Britches” is perhaps known, but less well-known is that due to this action, these cruel trials in UCR were no longer pursued. The eyes of the monkeys were also no more sewn. And ALF has written with this liberation a history in the fight against animal experiments.
After a lot of actions, demos, signatures we have made against animal experiments, I ask myself today what we have achieved against this criminal idiocy (animal experiments). Unfortunately not much.
After 40 years of fighting animal experiments, the EU has forbidden animal experiments on cosmetics by law on 11 March 2013. This was really a great success! But this is obligatory only for the EU. In China, for example, animal testing for cosmetics is mandatory. The requirements in China mean that companies who want to sell their products there, must have them tested on animals. This means that if a cosmetic company from Germany wants to have new customers in China, it has to participate the animal experiments. Although this company is animal-free in Germany.
Nevertheless, a boycott of animal experiments is possible only in the cosmetics sector.
In the drug area, on the other hand, a boycott is almost impossible. All medications, treatment methods, surgical techniques … etc. have been tested in animal experiments, and are still being tested. In most cases with no clinical benefit. Because what works with the animal, does not necessarily work for human beings. The reason is that the animal experimentation system, as known, is based on an incorrect methodological approach, that is: the diseases of humans are reduced to symptoms in experimental animals. The so-called “animal models” are produced in Labor animals. Cancer is produced in mice by injection of cancer cells or gene manipulation. These “animal models”, however, have nothing in common with human disease, and are therefore not suitable for curing human beings.
Cancer is a typical example of the chronic unsuccessfulness of animal experimentation medicine. I quote the opinion of researcher Dr. Richard Klausner, director of the American National Cancer Institute, 1998 “The history of cancer research is the history of how to cure cancer in mice. For decades, we have been curing cancer in mice, but in humans it just does not work “.
I still want to end my contribution to the day of the experimental animals with a positive message, which has sent me a friend recently.
“Maybe we need to stop thinking of animals as these little furry test tubes that can be or even should be controlled,” Joseph Garner, a behavioral scientist at the Stanford University Medical Center, and lead author of the study, told NPR.
“And maybe instead we should think of them as patients.”
Mice not ‘furry little people’: Researchers rethink animal testing as human trials fail
My best regards to all
SAV Comment –
Mark (SAV Founder), has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 17 years now. Animals do NOT suffer from MS; only humans. So, I ask, why then are we doing animal testing to find a cure for MS ? – Is this not like putting a car tyre onto a Boeing 747 and finding out if it can stand so many landings ? – it makes no sense; you test aircraft tyres on aircraft, so why try and find results for human illness by testing on animals ?
An animal trapped for fur will often chew its own leg off to escape the trap and death. Would a human chew off his own leg and survive ?
A woman who has a hysterectomy is advised not to raise her arms above her head for several weeks. When my dog was sterilised, we were out in the park playing ball within 2 days !
Animals and humans are not the same – they are very different; their body types are specific to their species. You cannot find cures to human illness by testing it (or falsely creating it as with MS) on an animal – they react differently and are certainly not duplicate models for the human species. Anyone who thinks they are is living in the past.
And yes, animals are still being used to find a cure for MS. Why does someone not investigate why the human species gets MS and animals don’t. Is it genetic ? – are there other reasons ? – that would be useful research instead of artificially creating something in an animal that the animal species does not even naturally suffer from in order to find cures for a human only disease.
And yes you have guessed it; we still MS test for MS using animals; and still we have no cure for MS in humans. I would say that all the time we test on animals we will never find a cure. Lets go outside the envelope and undertake some proper research which does not involve animal testing but which will be beneficial to human diseases.
I have an illness and want a cure – but the cure does not exist in animals which do not suffer from it in the first place !
As an MS sufferer and someone who wants a cure, I will always speak out AGAINST animal testing for human diseases. It makes no sense.
Check this out and you will see what I mean:
Filed under: CAMPAIGNS - Global Animal Welfare Issues, GENERAL NEWS - International / National / Regional, PHOTOGRAPHS - **WARNING** (Animal Suffering), SUPPORTERS, The "Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) ALLIANCE | Leave a comment »