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justinesaracen's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by justinesaracen

I have to agree with Inyourface.

Experiments such as this, which produce no obvious clinical benefit to human healing and merely study animal linguistic abilities, are not in the category of 'important enough' to justify animal experimentation, unless it can be shown that the experiment has no negative effects on the animal. Wrenching an infant from its mother and later abandoning the experimental animal to physical experimentation is cruel.

It seems to me it is possible to study linguistic ability with animals without effectively separating them from the environment to which they have evolved. I have seen numerous studies which examine animal behavior in a non-alien environment.

I recognize the need to do some pharmaceutical experimentation, even when it may be painful, but I don't see why this can't be done exclusively with paid volunteers.

Sat, 06 Aug 2011 07:43:08 UTC | #858535